During the 45th extended session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Riyadh, it was decided to include the park on the list, making it the 7th World Heritage Site in Thailand.
This marks the first time in 31 years that a Thai historic site has been listed as a World Heritage Site, with the previous recognition by UNESCO in 1992 being the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site in Udon Thani.
The other five sites in Thailand currently recognized as World Heritage Sites are Sukhothai Historical Park, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, and Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex.
Sri Thep Historical Park covers an area of 4.7 square kilometers, encompassing the ancient city of Sri Thep, which dates back approximately 1,500-1,700 years, as well as the Khao Khlang Nok, Khao Klang Nai, Khao Thamorat, and Prang Sri Thep archaeological sites.
Photo via Virtual Historical Park