Kingdom Prepares for Coronation’s Holy Water Ritual

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via Khaosod English, 04 Apr 2019: Sacred waters will be collected from water sources across Thailand (see here, here and here) and used for the king’s coronation next month.

Rehearsals to draw and transport sacred water for the May coronation ceremony took place on Thursday across the nation.

A rehearsal of the gathering of sacred water from 126 sources across 76 provinces and Bangkok took place today, with the real process to take place on Saturday. A consecration ceremony for the water will then take place on April 18 at Wat Suthat in Bangkok, before the water is transported to the Emerald Buddha Temple next to the grand palace the next day.

In Bangkok, governor Aswin Kwanmuang rehearsed transporting sacred water for ablution by car along a specific route to the grand palace.

According to a book entitled “The Royal Coronation Ceremony” published by the Culture Ministry in 2018, drawing sacred water for ablution is the first step in preparations for the royal coronation ceremony, which will take place from May 4-6.

Source: Kingdom Prepares for Coronation’s Holy Water Ritual

Buddha statue ‘sweats’ holy water

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Buddha image of Wat Toom in Ayutthaya, said to ‘sweat’ holy water. Source: Bangkok Post, 20190401

via Bangkok Post, 01 Apr 2019: One of the sources of sacred waters being gathered for the coronation of the Thai king in May (see here and here). This source is rather unusual, from inside a Buddha statue in Ayutthaya and is considered the ‘sweat’ of the Buddha.

Wat Toom, a local temple in Ayutthaya province, is famous for its ancient Buddha statue, which believers claim to be a source of mysterious holy water.

The temple has recently attracted many visitors as it will be one of the sacred water sources for use in the coronation rites for His Majesty the King next month.

Wat Toom is situated in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district, an ancient town which was a former capital of Thailand until three hundred years ago.

The temple has long been famous among residents who come to worship the bronze Luang Phor Thongsuk Samrit statue.

The upper part of the head of the statue can be opened and taken off, revealing a hollow space on the inside where monks claim sacred water mysteriously drips from.

According to Wichai Sa-nguanpath, a temple attendant, the water leaks out “as if it were drops of sweat”.

Source: Buddha statue ‘sweats’ holy water | Bangkok Post: news

[Publication] Heritage Lawyer: Laws for Cultural Heritage Protection

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via Siamese Heritage Trust of The Siam Society. The Siamese Heritage Trust launched “Heritage Lawyer: Laws for Cultural Heritage Protection” a new publication during the pan-Asia Conference “Heritage Protection: The Asian Experience” 25-26 January 2019.

The book first published in Thai as ทนายวัฒนธรรม: ใช้กฎหมายเพื่อคุ้มครองมรดกวัฒนธรรมชุมชน in June 2017. It summarizes case studies of communities and private sectors that tried to protect their community heritage by using the existing laws. There are both successful and unsuccessful stories. In the last chapter, all laws related to cultural heritage protection are listed as a reference and tool for the public.

The whole project was supported by The Asia Foundation, Professor Kanung Luchai’s Foundation, and Professor William Klausner.

Mrs. Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of the Siam Society kindly gave generous support to this English version.

Download free copy here>>> https://drive.google.com/…/11HWJxbMKqm-2Yl_i39pRh1qXa…/view…

Browse Charles Higham’s excavation records online

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via Prof Charles Higham: Charles Higham has created an archive of all his excavation records, including photographs, site plans and notebooks, on the internet. This is the URL: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwyPRRjONdiFYmpuZzduWVBKQ0k?usp=sharing​

Source: Charles Higham


All images can be downloaded and used with no need to ask permission, but a form of acknowledgement would be appreciated if published or used for teaching. I will also link this on the Resources page.

Exhibition on the archaeology of the Lopburi River basin

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Exhibition at King Narai National Museum. Source: Siamrath 20190317
Exhibition at King Narai National Museum. Source: Siamrath 20190317
Exhibition at King Narai National Museum. Source: Siamrath 20190317

via Siam Rath, 17 Mar 2019: A new exhibition at the King Narai National Museum in Lopburi showcases the recent archaeological findings from the Lopburi River basin, going back 3,800 years. Article is in Thai.

นักโบราณคดีไทย-เทศร่วมกันเปิดข้อมูลความรู้ใหม่แหล่งโบราณคีดลุ่มแม่น้ำลพบุรี ประมาณ 3,800 – 1,000 ปีมาแล้ว พบแหล่งโบราณคดีกระจายตัวอยู่กว่า 116 แหล่ง แสดงถึงความหนาแน่นของชุมชนโบราณ นำโบราณวัตถุมาจัดแสดงนิทรรศการฯ พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ สมเด็จพระนารายณ์ จ.ลพบุรี

เปิดอย่างทางการไปเมื่อสองวันก่อนกับนิทรรศการความรู้ใหม่จากการศึกษาวิจัยแหล่งโบราณคดีในลุ่มแม่น้ำลพบุรี (New Knowledge from Archaeological Sites in the Lop Buri River Basin) นำเสนอผลจากการดำเนินงานด้านโบราณคดีในพื้นที่ลุ่มแม่น้ำลพบุรีตลอดระยะเวลากว่า 30 ปี ผลงานของนักโบราณคดีทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติ ภายใต้ความร่วมมือระหว่างกรมศิลปากรกับมหาวิทยาลัยและสถาบันต่างชาติ อาทิ มหาวิทยาลัยลอนดอน ประเทศอังกฤษ มหาวิทยาลัยเพนซิลเวเนีย ประเทศสหรัฐอเมริกา ภายใต้โครงการโบราณคดีโลหะวิทยาในประเทศไทย (Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project: TAP) สถาบัน Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente: IsMEO ประเทศอิตาลี ภายใต้โครงการโบราณคดีพื้นที่ลพบุรี (Lopburi Regional Archaeology Project: LoRAP) และเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของนิทรรศการพิเศษ “150 ปี แห่งความสัมพันธ์ ไทย –อิตาลี”

Source: เปิดข้อมูลความรู้ใหม่แหล่งโบราณคดีลุ่มแม่น้ำลพบุรี3,800ปี | สยามรัฐ

#savesithep: Oil drilling cancelled

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via 77kaoded, 28 Mar 2019: Breaking news – it looks like ECO Orient Resources has announced they will be cancelling the controversial drilling for oil at STN-2, which is outside the Khao Klang Nok stupa of Si Thep. This was announced at a public forum in Petchabun today. Article is in Thai.

เพชรบูรณ์-บริษัทอีโค่ฯประกาศยกเลิกหลุม STN-2 ย้ำเข้าใจความรู้สึกรักหวงแหนโบราณสถานกำลังเป็นมรดกโลก ตัวแทนองค์การโลกสีเขียวโต้บริษัทฯทำอีไอเออย่าโมเมกลุ่มเป้าหมาย จวกอย่าเหยียบย้ำหัวใจคนไทยทั้งประเทศ

วันที่ 28 มีนาคม ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานว่า ในการประชุมหัวหน้าส่วนราชการและรัฐวิสาหกิจจังหวัดเพชรบูรณ์ ที่หอประชุมศูนย์ราชการจังหวัดฯซึ่งมีนายสืบศักดิ์ เอี่ยมวิจารณ์ ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดเพชรบูรณ์เป็นประธานฯ ได้มีมีการชี้แจงถึงโครงการผลิตปิโตรเลียมฐานผลิต STN-2 ใกล้กลุ่มโบราณสถานเขาคลังนอก หลังจากมีผลสรุปการรับฟังความคิดเห็นที่ชี้ว่า 62.6% ชาวเพชรบูรณ์เห็นชอบกับโครงการนี้ โดยมีตัวแทนบริษัทวิชั่นอีคอนซัลแทนท์จำกัดซึ่งเป็นผู้จัดทำรายงานศึกษาผลกระทบสิ่งแวดล้อม(อีไอเอ), ตัวแทนบริษัทอีโค่โอเรียนท์รีซอสเซส(ประเทศไทย)จำกัด และตัวแทนกรมเชื้อเพลิงธรรมชาติ กระทรวงพลังงานฯ เข้าชี้แจง

Source: บริษัทอีโค่ฯประกาศยกเลิกหลุม STN-2 ย้ำเข้าใจความรู้สึกรักหวงแหนโบราณสถานกำลังเป็นมรดกโลก – 77 ข่าวเด็ด

New publication: Revisiting Authenticity in the Asian Context

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Revisitng authenticity in the Asian context published by ICCROM
Revisitng authenticity in the Asian context published by ICCROM

via ICCROM, 15 Mar 2019: Free download, with some interesting chapters from Thailand and Malaysia.

Authenticity is a nebulous term within the conservation profession. The concept has historically tended to privilege materials-based approaches to conservation practice over recognizing spiritual and non-material values of a place, however, the drafting of the Nara Document in 1994 marked a shift in paradigm. Considered an important moment in the history of conservation, the Document expanded the concept of authenticity and drew attention to cultural diversity within the heritage discourse.

Although the Nara Document was developed in Asia, regional heritage practitioners have since felt the need to revisit it due to specificities and the challenges they face in conserving heritage. This book addresses the meaning and application of the concept of authenticity in a variety of contexts within Asia, presenting case studies and reflections that examine the relationship between material and intangible values. As the book illustrates, there are some instances where the historical weight of the concept of authenticity poses challenges to actual practice in the region. Sometimes international approaches and obligations may make it difficult to address the specific local cultural circumstances, and alternatively, there are instances where local practices can hinder the work of heritage practitioners in their ability to meet so-called international requirements.

Source: New publication: Revisiting Authenticity in the Asian Context | ICCROM

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Sacred sites to get facelift on eve of King’s coronation

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Emerald Pool Located at Wat Morakot. Prachinburi Province. Stock photo from Shutterstock / Siree_6395

Emerald Pool Located at Wat Morakot. Prachinburi Province. Stock photo from Shutterstock / Siree_6395

via Bangkok Post, 18 March 2019: In preparation of the Thai King’s coronation in May, sacred waters are being drawn from various sources around the country, including some archaeological sites.

Authorities are boosting efforts to improve the landscaping of two archeological sites in Si Mahosot district of this eastern province where water will be collected from two ponds to be used in His Majesty the King’s coronation.

One of them is located in the Sa Morakot archaeological site inside Wat Morakot. The sacred pond is in front of the largest and oldest of Lord Buddha’s footprints — 1.5 metres in length and more than 1,500 years old.

Officers from the 2nd Infantry Division, Queen’s Guard, have been sent to the site to check the condition of the pond.

Another water source is an ancient pond, called “Sa Kaeo”, which is close to Wat Morakot.

Source: Sacred sites to get facelift on eve of King’s coronation | Bangkok Post: news

Our Journey to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City

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Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301
Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301
Source: Chiang Mai City Life, 20190301

via Chiang Mai City Life, 01 Mar 2019: Reflections on the process of nomination a property for World Heritage listing.

You may be surprised to learn that Chiang Mai is well on its way to submitting its final dossier to UNESCO in our bid to become Thailand’s first living heritage city. It has involved an extraordinary amount of work by people from many sectors. And while UNESCO suggests an indicative timeframe of ten years for the preparation of nominations, and we have been at it for just over three years since we were placed on the tentative list in 2015, those leading the charge say that they may be ready to submit in as little as a year’s time. If accepted, this would be a great honour and boon for Chiang Mai; if not, the process itself has been an invaluable asset to the development of the city…and we will still have many years to regroup and reapply.

Source: Our Journey to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City