The Siamese Heritage Protection Program
To Commemorate the 84th Royal Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Patron of The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage
To commemorate the 84th Royal Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Patron of the Siam Society and protector of fine arts and cultural heritage of Thailand, the Council of the Society approved the establishment of a new program, Siamese Heritage Protection Program, or โครงการพิทักษ์มรดกสยาม in Thai. Through a series of public events, associated lectures, tours, and media opinion pieces, the Program will highlight issues and problems in the management of the cultural heritage of Thailand, both tangible and intangible, with the aim of contributing to heritage conservation, generating ideas on how heritage management can be improved, and raising the visibility of cultural heritage management as a national issue of general public interest.
Memorandum of Understanding between The National Trust for Cultural Heritage of Korea and The Siam Society
Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage led 17 Council and the Society members to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The National Trust of Cultural Heritage of Korea (NTCH) on 18 October 2016 at the National Palace Museum, Seoul.
The MOU was signed by Khun Pikulkeaw and Mr. Kim Jong-Kyu, Chairman of NTCH. H.E. Mr. Sarun Charoensuwan, Ambassador of Thailand to the Republic of Korea kindly attended the signing ceremony as a witness.
After the ceremony, the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea gave an interesting presentation on Policy and Law for Safeguarding Korea Cultural Heritage, which led to a delightful discussion. The Society members had a great chance to learn new things from Korea, especially good management of cultural heritage sites and museums, as well as inspiring strategy for public participation in safeguarding cultural heritage.
The Society members are highly impressed by H.E. Sarun and NTCH's warm welcome. We do hope that the international cultural relationship that we, as non-governmental organizations, have cultivated will lead to the endless collaboration and benefit of our two nations from now on.
Our publication: Protecting Siam's Heritage
Edited by Chris Baker
The cultural heritage of Siam is exceptionally rich and very distinctive. As everywhere, this heritage is under threat – from the pace of change, from the demands of tourism, from mismanagement, and from neglect. Today there is a growing awareness of the value of Siam’s heritage and the need to protect it. This book is the first to examine the issues and challenges.
The book originated as the centenary edition of the Journal of the Siam Society, one of Asia’s oldest and most prestigious cultural journals. The Siam Society has just created the Siamese Heritage Trust to raise awareness of heritage issues. The authors of the 20 essays include the pioneers of conservation over the last generation along with the activists of today.
The first part looks back, tracking the change from a traditional approach of "renovation" to the modern concept of conservation, reviewing the roles of pioneers of heritage protection, and tracing the origins of today's problems. The second part presents contemporary case studies on the issues facing different types of heritage, ranging from monuments to intangible heritage, and the special cases of atrocity and transboundary heritage. Several contributions examine live controversies over conservation in central Bangkok.
The final section brings in international perspectives, including the impact of the World Heritage system, and developments in Penang and Yangon.
The collection illustrates the complexity of the issues involved, and the passions they raise. As Piriya Krairiksh asks in the lead essay, "So will there be a future for heritage protection in Thailand?"
Summary of the Panel discussions: