The ‘Tourist Attractions of ASEAN’ painting competition 2014, a new artistic initiative under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, is offering Thailand’s young painters a canvas on which to express themselves and boost regional tourism at the same time.
Kajorn Veerarai, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, who recently chaired the awards ceremony for the inaugural edition of the annual painting competition, said that the initiative had been established “with the goal of promoting knowledge of the ASEAN region among younger generations, and to engage in public relations for top tourist attractions across the ASEAN community. This is also a campaign to encourage our youngsters to take up artistic pursuits as a recreational activity.”
The competition was warmly received by the public and a total of 115 artworks featuring prominent tourism sites such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar were submitted for consideration in three age-group categories; i) Middle School Students ii) High School Students iii) and College/University Students.
The winners in each of the categories were:
Middle School: Miss Wigavee Rattamanee of Saparachinee School, Trang province.
High School: Mr. Chakkit Srisomngamof Nondindaeng College of Technology and Management, Buri Ram province.
College/University: Mr. Chaichana Luetrakun of Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
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