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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opened the Ampawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project

21 Dec 2008
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Because the charm and the remnants of the old era are the pride of local residents and have continued to attract visitors, a unity in action and spirit was created for cultural and environmental conservation. Later, the opportunity arrived for the Chaipattana Foundation to contribute to such purpose when a piece of land including wooden houses was donated to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn by Miss Prayong Nakhawarang.  Her Royal Highness subsequently granted permission to the Chaipattana Foundation to utilize the land to benefit the Ampawa community. This led to the establishment of the Ampawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project.

Implemented by the Chaipattana Foundation, the Ampawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project has been developed in line with His Majesty the King’s Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. It is aimed at restoring and conserving not only the architectural components but also the traditional ways of life against the backdrop of modern and western civilization. This cultural conservation project is considered as the returning to the basic of being self-reliant by producing enough crops for the people’s needs and embracing a sense of community based on generosity and harmony.

The Ampawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project

Serving as the reminiscence of the past, the Ampawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project today has become a center of collaboration to conserve and develop Thai traditions on which the Ampawa residents have had pride themselves. The implementation is focused on local participation with the Chaipattana Foundation as a planner and facilitator to ensure cultural conservation and social development on the path of self-reliance and sustainability.

Because the cultural heritage at the Ampawa riparian community is not intended to be kept alive merely within the local community, the Project has been promoted as a destination for ecotourism for both Thai and foreign visitors.