Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Thailand: Cultural Heritage Management

  • Thanik Lertcharnrit
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1165

Introduction and Definition

Thailand has a long history of cultural development, but the management of cultural heritage under a protective framework did not begin until fairly recently.

It is interesting to note that throughout its history of cultural development, perceptions of the past varied from place to place depending upon influences such as religions, beliefs, and political situations. For example, Thai people as Buddhists generally perceive the past as something that represents change and becoming. It may be abandoned quickly and easily. It is expected that new things can be created, invented, or established. Thus, restoration or reconstruction of old pagodas or stupas, pavilions, and other religious buildings is not culturally wrong. Byrne (1995) brilliantly discussed the use of stupa and conservation conflicts in Thailand. Strictly speaking, the past as interpreted by King Rama VI, during his reign, was a key tool in building nationalism. He convinced the people to be proud...

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Further Reading

  1. Glover, I. 1993. Other people’s past: western archaeologists and Thai prehistory. Journal of the Siam Society 80(1): 45-53.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologySilpakorn UniversityBangkokThailand