BEIJING – The Thai Culture Ministry is poised to set up a Thai cultural center in Beijing China in a bid to raise awareness of Thai culture in the East Asian country.
Permanent Secretary for Culture Pritsana Pongthatsirikul said that during Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and his Thai counterpart Sonthaya Khunpluem in Bangkok, both sides agreed to set up a center to provide Chinese citizens information about the Thai cultural heritage and traditions. The move is set to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries, in addition to robust bilateral trade relations.
The ministry has appointed a working group comprising experts in Thai culture and representatives from state agencies to outline components of the cultural center. So far the center is expected to include a theatre for cultural shows, a library containing literatures on Thai culture and a multi-purpose conference room.
Mrs Pritsana added that officials at the Thai embassy in Beijing are looking for a suitable location for the center. Once found, the proposed location will be forwarded to the cabinet for approval, together with a budget request for the construction. By NNT