First ASEAN Cultural Centre opens in Bangkok

The first comprehensive ASEAN Cultural Centre in Southeast Asia has been officially opened in Bangkok, one day ahead of ASEAN Day Celebration on Saturday August 8.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn said at the opening ceremony of the centre that the Thai government hoped the centre would provide an active cultural learning space for Thais and ASEAN visitors in preparation for the ASEAN Community Integration at the end of 2015.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT), the opening ceremony was also attended by the Culture ministers of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, the ASEAN secretary general, and foreign ambassadors in Thailand. The centre now opens from Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., NNT said.

Located on the third floor of the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok, the centre has been arranged into six zones. Among those zones are the “Living Together” short documentary screening area, information centre on ASEAN countries, the “Travel in ASEAN” zone, in which visitors can try on ASEAN national costumes, and the e-library where they can experience mocked-up public parks and cultural heritage sites in the region.