Cultural Heritage Management in Thailand: Common Barrier and the Possible Way to Survive

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Ratchaneekorn Sae-Wang


The initiate of cultural heritage management concept has been formulated in the ancient time and progressively developed in term of international organization like UNESCO, directly influencing on Thailand, from tangible to intangible heritage, and also the point of view in term of orientalism explaining the idea of western towards eastern in binary opposition: superiority/inferiority. This internalized concept has likely leads Thai authoritative unit to isolate local community from cultural heritage management. This article then has objective to demonstrate the evolution of cultural heritage management in international level influencing on the Thai one, and to discuss the current situation of Thai cultural heritage management through six-case study : Mahakan Fortress (Bangkok), Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum (Kanchanaburi), Inthakin Kiln Site Museum (Chiang Mai), stone-polished bronze-ware (Bangkok), Surin textile (Surin) and Mon costume and language (Lamphun) to display impacts of participatory process shortage and dramatically social change with recommendations to protect and preserve cultural heritages in Thai context


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