Protecting Siam's Heritage

Protecting Siam's Heritage

by Chris Baker (Editor)


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The cultural heritage of Siam is exceptionally rich and distinctive. As everywhere, this heritage is under threat—from the pace of change, from the demands of tourism, from mismanagement, and from neglect. This book is the first to examine the value of Siam’s heritage and the need to protect it. These nineteen essays are written by pioneers of conservation over the last generation and by the activists of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786162150593
Publisher: Silkworm Books
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Baker , with Pasuk Phongpaichit, is the translator of the great folk epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Siam's Threatened Cultural Heritage James Stent 1

Section 1 History

A Brief History of Heritage Protection in Thailand Piriya Krairiksh 15

A Record of Historical Conservation, 1964-2012 Sumet Jumsai 41

The Siam Society's Role in Heritage Protection Euayporn Kerdchouay 55

Long-term Strategies for Thai Heritage Preservation: Civil Roles in Lopburi Province Phuthorn Bhumadhon 69

The Development of Law on Tangible Cultural Heritage: Case of the Law on Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Rewadee Sakulpanich 83

Section 2 Issues

Tourism and Heritage: A Tense Relationship Surin Pitsuwan 93

The Crown Property Bureau and Heritage Conservation Yongtanit Pimonsathean 103

Rattanakosin Charter: The Thai Cultural Charter for Conservation Chatri Prakitnonthakan 123

Cultural Rights and Conservation of Old Bangkok Tiamsoon Sirisrisak Natsuko Akagawa 149

Reviving the Neglected Heritage of the Rattanakosin Era: The Case of the Old Chao Phraya River Oxbow Worrasit Tantinipankul 167

Reconnecting Bangkok's Heritage Landscape: Urban Waterways and the Modern City Montira Horayangura Unakul 183

The Crypto-Colonial Dilemmas of Rattanakosin Island Michael Herzfeld 209

Mapping Living Heritage at the Phanom Rung Historical Park: Identifying and Safeguarding the Local Meanings of a National Heritage Site Alexandra Denes 225

Atrocity Heritage Tourism at the "Death Railway" Apinya Baggelaar Arrunnapaporn 257

Heritage Across Borders: The Funerary Monument of King Uthumphon Woraphat Arthayukti Edward Van Roy 269

Section 3 International Perspectives

Heritage Conservation in Asia: Shifts and Developments, 1972-2012 H. Detlef Kammeier 281

Exploring Shared Histories, Preserving Shared Heritage: Penang's Links to a Siamese Past Khoo Salma Nasution 295

Yangon's Heritage: Steps Towards Preservation Paula Z. Helfrich 323

Lessons from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: International Best Practices in Thailand Richard Engelhardt Montira Horayangura Unakul Julia Davies 335

Contributors to this Volume 351

Index 356

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