Thai and Indian govt launch photo book linking traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through ASEAN cultural map using geo-informatics technology

The Thai and Indian governments have launched a photo book on the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity throughout the ASEAN cultural map, in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary, 2 April 2015.

Mr. Anon Sanitwong Na Ayudhaya, Director of Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISDA), said that the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India have published photo books linking the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through the ASEAN Cultural Map in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of the 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary on 2 April 2015, under the mutual cooperation in space technology and geo-informatics.

The project is to highlight the traces of Buddhism from India to South East Asia to commemorate both Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhon’s 5th cycle birthday anniversary and the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Other than Buddhist archaeological sites, the map will also contain tourism information such as accommodations, routes and directions, operation hours, and historical details.

Some of the sites that will be mapped include Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Sanchi, Ajanta in India, Lumbini in Nepal, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Ankor Thom in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia, Nara in Japan and the Lung-men caves in China. There are more than 400 million Buddhists across the world, but a significant number of them are from South East Asia.

Interested individuals can ask for more information and the photo book for free by calling 02-1414548 during office hours.

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