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Thailand Creates Art for the Visually Impaired

The project aims to promote greater equality in Thailand and allow visually impaired visitors to experience its landmarks through feeling.
Image: 'Feel the Happiness: Art for the Blind'
Gaem, 8, a Thai girl who is blind, joins other students as they feel the elephants and temple within a bas-relief sculpture at Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.BARBARA WALTON / EPA

Gaem, 8, a Thai girl who is blind, joins other students as they feel a bas-relief sculpture at Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Wednesday as part of a pilot project to develop tourism for the blind and visually impaired in the Thai Kingdom.

The project, called "'Feel the Happiness: Art for the Blind," is run by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Thai universities with the goal of promoting greater equality in the country and allowing visually impaired local and international visitors to experience its landmarks through feeling. The project's next step is to have artists create more sculptured and interactive artworks to be placed at Thailand's tourist sites.

Blind Thai students reach for bells in the shape of a Buddha, as part of an exhibit for the visually impaired on the Thai king's royal boat on Sept. 24.BARBARA WALTON / EPA