by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage


A Panel Discussion on

"Ayutthaya: Heritage Site in Danger"

on Wednesday, 21 September 2011

at 1.00 - 4.30 p.m. at the Siam Society Under Royal Patronage


In 1991, the historic city of Ayutthaya was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As a major historical center of Thai cultural, political, and economic development, the ruins of Ayutthaya are a source of pride and interest for all Thais, one of the Kingdom’s most important heritage sites, a major tourist destination, and a part of the cultural patrimony of all mankind. But in recent years, controversy has enveloped the site.

Has the Ayutthaya Heritage Site been managed in accordance with best practice for heritage sites, and in a manner befitting its position in Thai history? Are changes needed in the way in which the Ayutthaya heritage site is managed and presented to the public?


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1 p.m.


1:05 - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.













Welcome speech by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri,
The Siam Society President

Introduction to Ayutthaya forum by Professor Dr. Sumet Jumsai

A panel discussion on "Ayutthaya: Heritage Site in Danger"


The panelists consist of;

Dr. Christopher Baker, Writer and Academician

Mr. Kuerkul Danchaivichit, Member of the House of Representative,
Ayutthaya Province, Chart Thai Pattana Party

Mrs. Montira Horayangura Unakul, Cultural Expert, UNESCO

Mrs. Pimpraphai Bisalputra, Writer and Owner of Iudia On the River Hotel
in Ayutthaya

Mr. Tharapong Srisuchat, Director of the Office of Archeology,
Fine Arts Department

Mr. Pinyo Trisuriyatamma, TV Program moderator,
Thai PBS (TPBS) Channel Thailand

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Opinion sharing

4:30 p.m.

End program


To reserve a seat, please contact Khun Jarunee Khongsawat at 02-6616470 - 7 ext 204
or jarunee@siam-society.org.

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This seminar will be conducted in Thai.

No admission fee.