by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

Community Participation in Cultural Heritage Preservation in Lopburi


Community Participation in Cultural Heritage Preservation in Lopburi

Saturday – Sunday, 27– 28 July 2013

This trip will be conducted in Thai.

Trip Leader

Acharn Phuthorn Bumadhon

Head of The Conservation of Antiques, Ancient Ruins
and Environment Society of Lopburi

Together with

Acharn Chatri Prakitnontakarn
Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University

Acharn Thip Srisakulchairak
Arsomsilp Institute of the Art



Lopburi is one of several provinces in Thailand where many important archaeological finds, historical landmarks and prehistoric settlements have been discovered. But the focus of this trip will be on the community cultures and vernacular heritage of the province, on the efforts of communities to conserve and maintain the cultures, and on the neglected modern architecture of the period 1930-1955. The trip will experience village cultures and traditions first hand, will discuss cultural heritage directly with village cultural leaders. As Lopburi contains the largest number of fine examples of the architecture of the Pibunsongkram period, we will visit a few of the most outstanding buildings. This trip provides opportunities to taste very traditional Thai food handed down through the generations in the villages and unavailable in Bangkok.


Saturday, 27 July 2013

8:00 a.m.

Leave from The Siam Society

11:30 a.m.

Arrive at Moo Baan Sup Champa. Listen to the story of community heritage
preservation and the establishment of the conservation club of Muang Boran
Sup Champa.

Lunch at Moo Baan Sup Champa

1:00 p.m.

Walk to the ancient settlement of Muang Sup Champa, a town in the Dvaravati period
and then walk to Champi Sirindhon Forest. 

2:30 p.m.

Leave Moo Baan Sup Champa for Moo Baan Koksalung 

3:30 p.m.

Arrive at Moo Baan Koksalung. Listen to the story of Thai Berng (an ethnic group
in Lopburi) Cultural Center and the role of local people on preserving their
cultural heritage. Walk around the village to learn Thai Berng culture.  

6:30 p.m.

Local style dinner at Moo Baan Koksalung and see traditional performance by
local people.

7:30 p.m.

Leave Moo Baan Koksalung for Benjatara Boutique Place Resort in Lopburi

8:30 p.m.

Stay overnight at Benjatara Boutique Place Resort

Sunday, 28 July 2013


Breakfast Benjatara Boutique Place Resort


Visit Wat Tongpu, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, Wat Puen, Wat San Pao
and Phra Narai Ratchanivet to learn various interesting case studies of
cultural heritage conservation by different stakeholders.  


Lunch at a restaurant  


Visit Tripitaka Hall of Wat Tha Khae, which has been recognized with
the Best Conservation Award from the Association of Siam Architects.

Visit conservation buildings in Artillery Center Fort Phaholyothin such as
Chateau building (the architecture of the period 1930-1955) and residence,
which have been recognized with the Best Conservation Award in 2000
from the Association of Siam Architects.

Coffee break

Visit Anadamahidol Hospital in Lopburi, which was established by Field Marshal 
Plaek Phibunsongkhram. The building is well representing a modern architecture
of the period 1930-1955.

5:00 p.m.

Leave Anadamahidol Hospital for Bangkok

7:30 p.m.

Arrive at the Siam Society

About the trip leaders:

Archarn Phuthorn Bhumadhon is art historian. He worked as curator of The Fine Arts Department.
Now he is Head of The Conservation of Antiques, Ancient Ruins and Environment Society of Lopburi
and he is Vice Chairman of Piriya Krairiksh Foundation.

Acharn Chatri Prakitnontakarn  is instructor of the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University.
He is an expert in Architecture of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram’s period.

 Acharn Thip Srisakulchairak is architect and instructor of Arsomsilp Institute of the Art. He is
an expert in cultural heritage conservation. He has done several conservation projects with
local people participation, such as Wat Kutaoin Songkla and Wat Tongpu in Lopburi.

A contribution of Bt. 2,800 per person (Bt. 3,000 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation, accommodation for one night at Benjatara Boutique Resort (two person per room), entrance fees to museums and historical monuments, 3 meals, and all arrangement to make this trip possible. An additional sum of Bt. 300 is requested for a single room. Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively you can transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.  

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited.
Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and booking please contact
Khun Jarunee
(ext. 204) or Khun Prasert (ext. 504) on 0-2661-6470-7, fax 0-2258-3491
or e-mail: jarunee@siam-society.org

Office hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (except holidays).

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