Chao Phraya River on heritage watch list

via Bangkok Post, 19 October 2017:

The Chao Phraya River has been enlisted in the 2018 World Monument Watch for cultural heritage sites that face daunting risks.

The river that runs through Thailand’s capital city is one of 25 sites placed under the 2018 watch list by World Monuments Fund (WMF), an independent agency devoted to saving the world’s treasured sites.

WMF on Sunday released its 2018 World Monuments Watch, consisting of a diverse group of cultural heritage sites spanning across 30 countries and territories, that face daunting threats ranging from human conflicts and urbanisation to natural disasters and climate change. The list also includes unique conservation opportunities.

Source: Chao Phraya on heritage watch list | Bangkok Post: news

Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

via Bangkok Post, 09 October 2017: We’ve been getting heavy rains in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, with some floods already reported. Ayutthaya has previously been susceptible to floods, and there have been some mitigation measures put in place – it remains to be seen if they can last this year’s downpour.

Ayutthaya local authorities and officers from the Ayutthaya Historical Park have built a flood defence wall to prevent damage to archaeological sites.

Source: Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

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150-year-old royal puppet tradition revived for late King’s cremation

via The Nation, 07 October 2017: The late Thai king’s cremation next week will also see a number of revived cultural crafts which haven’t been seen in generations.

THE CENTURY-OLD royal puppet has been revived to perform at the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26.

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Thai initiative to bring museums to the digital world

via The Nation, 02 October 2017:

The Culture Ministry is embracing the Thailand 4.0 initiative with its new hi-tech “smart museum” and “virtual museum” projects that aim to attract 10-11 million visitors next year.

Source: Virtual museums’ aim to attract 11 million visitors

Khmer art in Sa Kaeo

The Sdok Kok Thom Temple in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province will be Thailand’s next official historical park. Inscriptions from the 11th century temple are the primary source for the founding of Angkor in 802.

Almost 1,000 years ago, this grand Khmer architecture was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and called Pattharatekla, according to an inscription. After 20 years of restoration, Sdokkokthom Sanctuary, 34km from the Thai-Cambodian border in Khok Sung district, Sa Kaeo province, has become a popular attraction since 2014. Beginning in April next year, it will officially open as Thailand’s 11th historical park.

The temple was established in 1052 by King Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066) as a present to his Brahmin teacher Srijayentravarman, or Sathashiva, who performed the coronation ceremony for him. The teacher later left the priesthood and married a daughter of King Suryavarman I. King Udayadityavarman II ruled the Khmer kingdom from 1050 to 1066 and was the successor of King Suryavarman I.

Source: Khmer art in Sa Kaeo | Bangkok Post: travel

Temple tantrums

via Bangkok Post, 02 October 2017:

From afar, the iconic stupas of the Temple of Dawn stand elegantly on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. But looking closely at the finer details of the famous landmark, admirers may notice a thick coat of lime plaster that almost covers decorative ceramic tiles. At some spots, ceramics are attached untidily to the central stupa, suggesting sloppy repair work.

The restoration of Wat Arun, as the Temple of Dawn is known, has stirred a heated debate among conservationists, archaeologists, historians and admirers of the historical edifice. The Fine Arts Department, which oversees the restoration, insists that the work has been carried out according to scholastic standards and historical accuracy. However, critics find the work sub-par and poorly supervised, resulting in the diminished grandeur of a national heritage site.

Source: Temple tantrums | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Fire guts 120-year-old sermon hall in Nakhon Phanom

via Bangkok Post, 28 September 2017:

NAKHON PHANOM: A century-old wooden sermon hall and its ancient murals were destroyed by a fire on Wednesday night in That Phanom district.

Source: Fire guts 120-year-old sermon hall in Nakhon Phanom | Bangkok Post: news

Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

via Travel Daily News, 26 September 2017

A former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is famous for monumental remnants of old palaces and temples spread across a tranquil landscape.

Source: Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya

Interview with a Thai underwater archaeologist

via BBC The Conversation, 21 July 2017: An interview with Thai underwater archaeologist Pornnatcha Sankhaprasit and the perils on being the only female on board.

The unexpected problems of diving with the guys

Source: BBC World Service – The Conversation, Diving into the Past, My swimsuit dilemma