Protecting Siam's Heritage

Edited by Chris Baker. Baht 950/US$35


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?”


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Book List

The Siam Society's collection of research manuscripts, books, rare books, photos, micro-film, tapes, videos, maps and traditional manuscripts on palm leaf, and other documents constitute the first non-privately owned library in Thailand.

The Siam Society library is noted for its outstanding rare books collection, most of which is related to Southeast Asia.

Many books on cultural heritage and conservation can be found. On this page, there are three categories of books related to Cultural Heritage and Museum.

1. Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

2. Cultural Heritage and Tourism

3. Museum

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Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management


Title Authors/Names Call no.
The Sulima pagoda : East meets West in the restoration of a Nepalese temple Theophile, Erich GEN 726.143 S949
Conservation and development of Krung Rattanakosin Siriporn Nanta GEN 351.818 C65
Report on the conservation and restoration work of the Northern Library inside the outermost enclosure of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Kingdom of Cambodia Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor REF 720.9596 R425
Das KulturerhaltProgramm des Auswartigen Amts = The cultural preservation programme of the Federal Foreign Office Deutschland. Auswartiges Amt. GEN 959 K96