Superstition helps protect heritage, says park director

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via Bangkok Post, 26 April 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: The return of an ancient brick souvenired from the famous Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya Historical Park is proof that superstitious belief helps protect the old temple, according to park director Sukanya Baonerd.

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นักธรณีฟิสิกส์พบโครงสร้างปริศนาใต้วัดไชยฯ อยุธยา

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via MGR Online, 31 March 2018: A research team at Wat Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya have detected a possible structure beneath the temple, using Ground-Penetrating Radar and magnetometer surveys. Article is in Thai.

นักธรณีฟิสิกส์ใช้เรดาร์และการวัดค่าสนามแม่เหล็กสำรวจวัดไชยวัฒนาราม จ.อยุธยา ในการปฏิบัติงานเพื่อช่วยกรมศิลป์บูรณปฏิสังขรณ์และอนุรักษ์โบราณสถาน แล้วพบโครงสร้างปริศนาที่ยังไม่ทราบว่าคืออะไร เบื้องต้นส่งข้อมูลเพื่อให้หน่วยงานที่รับผิดชอบโดยตรงนำไปศึกษาต่อ

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Famous Ayutthaya temple extends hours for tourist influx

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via Bangkok Post, 25 March 2018:

Tourists have a rare chance to see the magnificent Wat Chaiwattaram at night after the historic park in Ayutthaya decided to extend opening hours at the temple.

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Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

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via Thai PBS, 22 March 2018:

Ayutthaya Historical Park yesterday asked tourists visiting the Chai Wattanaram temple not to sit, stand or lean on the balcony around the main stupa of the temple after several bricks were broken and spalled.

Source: Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

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via Bangkok Post, 20 Feb 2018: Part of the celebrations include a US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) allocation to restore and conserve Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, which was damaged by floods in 2011.

To commemorate the bicentennial of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the US government and the US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand have been organising various activities in celebration of the important occasion.

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Tourists behaving badly, Thailand edition

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Inappropriate behaviour in Thai temples. Source: Bangkok Post 20150808

A pair of Thai women were recently arrested for dressing up in ‘racy’ clothing, dancing in front of a temple in Ayutthaya, and then posting the video on YouTube. It’s certainly not as severe as stripping bare and taking nude photos, but as Thais the judgement against them is that ‘they should have known better’, as opposed to foreigners (‘farang’) who are sometimes forgiven for acting like idiots because they are seen as ignorant.

Inappropriate behaviour in Thai temples. Source: Bangkok Post 20150808

Inappropriate behaviour in Thai temples. Source: Bangkok Post 20150808

Racy temple dancers surrender
Bangkok Post, 08 August 2015

Two women who starred in a video of a racy dance staged inside Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya reported to police on Saturday to face charges of violating ancient monuments legislation.

Thannicha Nampanya, 27, of Maha Sarakham, and Nitikarn Chotthanapongsathit, 30 of Khon Kaen, turned themselves in to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district police on Saturday, said Pol Maj Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 1

They have been charged with violating Section 13 of the Ancient Monuments, Antiquities and National Museums Act for actions deemed to cause damage to morals or insult to religion and culture, and for actions that jeopardise peace and order in public areas. The offences carry a jail term of up to one month and/or a fine of 10,000 baht, said police.

The video clip of two women in short red dresses gyrating to music inside Wat Chaiwatthanaram, part of a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site, drew the wrath of the public and the authorities. The five-minute clip was uploaded to YouTube by a user named VKIZZ on Aug 5 and has since been labelled “private”.

Rawat Prasong, the assistant governor of Ayutthaya, on Friday called for legal action against the women, saying that both their actions and attire were improper. Pratheep Phengtako, director of the Fine Arts Office Region 3 in Ayutthaya, had also vowed to take action against the women and their accomplice who recorded the performance.

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World Monuments Fund gets grant to restore Ayutthaya site

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The World Monuments Fund announces a grant receipt that will got towards work at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

World Monuments Fund Announces Major Grant from the U.S. Department of State for Work in Ayutthaya, Thailand
World Monuments Fund, 05 February 2013
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Floods threaten Ayutthaya ruins

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The wet season is not only affecting Cambodia, but Thailand as well. Flooding has started to damage several Ayutthaya-period ruins.

Pom Phet flooded. Bangkok Post 20111003

Historical fort flooded in Ayutthaya
Bangkok Post, 03 October 2011

Historic Ayutthaya temple inundated; villagers evacuated
MCOT News, 04 October 2011

Floods threaten Lop Buri temple’s murals
The Nation, 04 October 2011
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Students recreate Ayutthaya temple digitally

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Students from Thailand’s Kasetsart University have completed a digital recreation of Wat Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya, opening the possibilities for using 3D computer models to aid in conservation practice and tourism. Note: the link in the story doesn’t seem to work, though.

Students create virtual-world temple
The Nation, 03 June 2010
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