Community Learning Resources Management of Museums and Temples : A Case Study of Muang District, Lopburi Province

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Ploenpit Somsakul


          This study was qualitative research. The objectives of this research were to observe museums and temples in Muang District, Lopburi Province, where are the important learning resource in the village to create the learning database, and to study learning resource management of temples and museums. This research had studied 3 places, the temples and museums are included ; 1. Local Boat Museum of Wat Yang Na Rangsi, 2. Wat Khok Mor Museum, 3. Hor Sophon Silp Museum. The participants were selected based on the purposive sampling method. The key informants were museum founders, museum involvers, museum management committee. The data were collected from the study and interview. The data were analyzed by content analysis and the results were shown through descriptive analysis. The results were found as below.
          1. As for the Local Boat Museum of Wat Yang Na Rangsi – the museum management was administrated by club committee. The head of the group is Talung Village Headman. There are the rules and regulations. The villagers will help the group to administrate the museum. No charge to visit. There are little guide to give the visitors information. There is a notebook to note the museum visit, In terms of capital and supporting budget, it is from the donation of tourists, supported money from government and public organizations. No website, but the museum uses the website with province. There are billboards and Leaflets to inform people about the museum. The problems and obstacles of operation is the service minded staffs who are skillful with boat and lifestyle of villagers a side Lopburi River. The capital and supported budget are not enough.
          2. As for Wat Khok Mor Museum – the museum was operated by Monk Phichet Silasutto, the abbot of Wat Khokmor, who relies on the Buddha’s teaching “4 Steps Secret to Success”, consisting of Chanda (Intention or purpose or desire or zeal), Viriya (Effort or energy), Citta (Consciousness or mind or thoughts), and Vimangsa (Investigation or discrimination). There is no permanent staff. No charge to visit. The maintenance was supported by the abbot and the donation from respecters. There are websites. In terms of problems and obstacles of the operation, there is lacking permanent staff. The long term problem is the head of the museum administrator after the abbot Phichet Silasutto.
          3. As for Hor Sophonsilp Museum – the museum was operated by the group of monks in Choeng Tha and Kawitsararam Ratchaworaviharn temple with people in the village. There is no permanent staff. no charge to visit, supporting budget from the donation. The news information relies on the provincial organization and provincial cultures. The problems and obstacles of operation are the insufficient budget to support the operation and the local people don’t see the significance of the museum.

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Somsakul, P. (2016). Community Learning Resources Management of Museums and Temples : A Case Study of Muang District, Lopburi Province. Journal of Cultural Approach, 17(32), 31–43. Retrieved from
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