Heritage sites open to cameras

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BANGKOK — Nine historical parks across Thailand, including the Phanom Rung Historical Park and the Phimai Historical Park, will be opened for local TV production crews as backdrops to promote Thai history.

The Culture Ministry will also allow filmmakers to use ancient artifacts in the country’s 44 museums to add realism to programs. However, foreign crews will still be banned. Scripts of scenes to shoot in the parks must be submitted to the Culture Ministry for approval. The ministry has agreed to provide historians to work with crews to provide expert advice.

Somsri Eiumtham, deputy director-general of the Department of Fine Arts, says the ministry will charge a daily $25 fee for shooting in the parks, plus additional expenses such as electricity during night shooting and overtime pay for the department’s officials.

TV producers welcomed the move. Kobsuk Jaruchinda, executive at Step on Work Co., says this will cut production costs as crews will no longer have to build expensive sets.

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