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
Internet users can now visit a three-dimensional virtual world of Thailand’s past, presenting a new and surprisingly real insight into Thai heritage, arts and culture.
Called 3D Virtual World Heritage Wat Chaiwattanaram, the glimpse into Thailand’s history is a joint effort by Kasetsart University, Sun Microsystems and the Inter University Network, UniNet, using Sun Wonderland technology.
Above all else, the project, at http://niramit.hpcnc.com/WatChaiWatanaram, involves pride in the Thai heritage, by promoting a kind of Internet tourism.
A professor at Kasetsart University’s Computer Engineering Department, Putchong Uthayyopas, said the three-dimensional virtual world of Wat Chaiwattanaram had been developed by students of his department.