by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

Rattanakosin - Lecture

Siamese Heritage Protection: Krung Rattanakosin by Worrasit Tantinipankul

The Krung Rattanakosin area is the heart of the old city of Bangkok. Legally protected from inappropriate development, it contains a wealth of palaces, royal temples, historic government buildings and universities, but also a number of very different and historically important communities that have been in place for generations. The challenges, opportunities, and complexities of developing and conserving this area, while giving due regard on the one hand to the cultural significance to the nation of the area, and on the other to the interests and desires of the communities resident there, is the topic of Dr. Worrasit Tantinipankul’s lecture in English entitled “Siamese Heritage Protection: The Challenge of Krung Rattanakosin”. Krung Rattanakosin centers around the Grand Palace, but extends to the East to Khlong Banglampoo and Khlong Ong Aung, and on the west to a strip of Thonburi on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya, totaling 5.8 square kilometers.


What are the plans for conservation of Krung Rattanakosin, and what are the obstacles, challenges and threats to the area? These are questions that have been the subject of extensive research by Dr. Worrasit, beginning with his Cornell University PhD thesis on Rattanakosin. Dr. Worrasit is presently Deputy Dean for Foreign Affairs in the faculty of Architecture at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and is familiar in detail with the fascinating history of protection of this iconic national heritage district.


This English language lecture is presented as one of the activities arranged under the Society’s newly launched “Siamese Heritage Protection Program”, and complements the first Thai language public forum under the Program, “Krung Rattanakosin: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, which will be held at the Society on the afternoon of 27 May. Members planning to attend the public forum will find Dr. Worrasit’s lecture an excellent introduction and background to the issues that will be discussed at the forum. For those members who do not speak Thai, Dr. Worrasit’s lecture will be the best way to learn about Krung Rattanakosin cultural conservation. Prior to Dr. Worrasit’s lecture, Mr. Jim Stent, Chairman of the Steering Committee of “Siamese Heritage Protection Program”, will present a short introduction about the Program and about the lectures, tours, public forums and other activities planned under the Program.



24 May 2011 (Tuesday)


7:30 p.m.


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