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One of Bangkok’s much-loved buildings celebrated its 100th birthday in style, by accepting a UNESCO cultural heritage award. The Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok received an Award of Distinction at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The jury hailed the library as a landmark building. “The project sets a welcome benchmark for the restoration of early 20th-century buildings of Western architectural design in humid tropical environments.” Italian architect Mario Tamagno designed the library which was built in 1922 during the reign of King Rama V. It was Thailand’s first community library, possibly the first English language, and the […]

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