by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage



Siamese Heritage Trust Seminar On

“Master plan and municipal law as a tool for preventing cultural heritage from inappropriate development ”

Saturday, 25 June 2016 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the Siam Society Auditorium


The proportion of people who live in the city continues to increase. With greater number of city dwellers, land management to achieve the best use of city space is essential. Development is inevitable, at the same time history and culture must be kept. Balancing the opposites is a challenge for any city in the world, not just Bangkok.


The forum on “Master plan and municipal law as a tool for preventing cultural heritage from inappropriate development” introduces a guideline on the use of master plan and municipal regulations to curb the impact of city development on cultural heritage. Lessons from small municipalities such as Songkhla or Chiang Khan will lead to discussions on Bangkok. The roundtable session in the afternoon is an opportunity to learn from civic groups who have worked with the authority in city planning and development. Their experience on the matter will be shared.


Discover whether master plan and municipal laws can help reduce the impact of development, and if so, how? What is the role of civil society? What can we expect when the process is applied to other areas?




08:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome speech by James Stent, Chairperson of Siamese Heritage Trust Steering Committee


Discussion on Master plan and municipal law as a tool for preventing cultural heritage from inappropriate developmentby


  • Khun Kamol Kongpin, Former Mayor of Municipal District of Chiang Khan  
  • Khun Pissanu Charoennatrkul, Director of Master Plan and Building Control Division, Municipality of Songkhla
  • Associate Professor Dr. Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University
  • Khun Pongsawat Aksornsawaddi, Legal Expert on Community Rights, Heritage and Environmental

Q & A
Moderators: Khun Sudara Sujachaya, Historian and Siamese Heritage Trust Committee Member and Khun Pongsawat

12:30 a.m. –

1:30 p.m.

Lunch at Kamthieng House Museum of the Siam Society

1:30 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

Round table discussion with speakers, communities’ representatives and participants. This open session invites an exchange of experiences or problems on related topics from communities, possibly leading to some solutions—such as a formal proposal on culture related laws and regulations.

Moderator: Khun Dhirnand Chuangpichit, Academic, Thonburi Community Historical Information Centre

3:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Coffee break

3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. Round table discussion continues
4 p.m. End program


Please note that this seminar will be conducted in Thai
Please contact Khun Jarunee at jarunee@siam-society.org for advance registration


This is the third in a series of three seminars for the project “Strengthening and Developing the Law on Cultural Heritage” initiated by Siamese Heritage Trust of The Siam Society with supported by The Asia Foundation, The Foundation of Professor Kanung Luchai, and Professor William Klausner.