Unesco heritage: Traditional Thai massage added to 'cultural heritage' list
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The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed Nuad Thai, or traditional Thai massage, on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision was made at the 14th session of the committee, held in Bogotá, Republic of Colombia, from 9 to 14 December 2019. This is Thailand’s second inscription since the country ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, or the 2003 UNESCO Convention.
Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage, is regarded as part of the art, science, and culture of traditional Thai healthcare. It is now classified into two main types: Nuad Thai therapy and Nuad Thai for health promotion.
Nuad Thai is taught at various places in Thailand, especially at Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) in Bangkok. More than 200,000 people from 145 countries worldwide have completed their Nuad Thai study from this temple, which is popularly known among foreigners as the "Temple of the Reclining Buddha."
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