Development of 15 Thailand Main-Provinces Database for Smart Buddhist Tourism

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Phramaha Tawee Lalong
Wilaiphon Aunchaoban
Kachaporn Worawongpisitkul


This article aimed to: 1. survey, collect data, and develop information on tourist temples and Vipassana Meditation Centers in 15 Thailand Main-Provinces; 2. design/Indicate routes for tourists and Vipassana Meditation Centers in 15 Thailand Main-Provinces; and 3. create a database for promoting Buddhist tourism in 15 Thailand Main-Provinces. It was a qualitative research project. The key informants were the 90 representatives from the abbot/site administrator, and tourists/meditators, and the 5 representatives from the government and private sector. The tools used were: 1. an in-depth interview form; 2. an action series form; and 3. an observational form. Data from the documents were used for content analysis. Data from interviews, group discussions, and observations were used for descriptive analysis. Summary of research results based on inductive principles.

The results showed that: 1. The 30 tourist temples and Vipassana Meditation Centers had information on all nine of them: 1) The temples had suitable locations; 2) It can find directions through Google Maps; 3) There is an ancient and valuable history; 4) There are attractions, such as a Vihara and an Ubosatha with architecture or beautiful arts; 5) The temples are important centers for activities; 6) Tourists are valued in Buddhism; 7) there are basic facilities and utilities; 8) there are other attractions on the same or similar routes; and 9) there is convenient transportation for easy access to tourist attractions. 2. The 30 tourist temples and meditation practice temples, which can be divided into 4 routes according to their similar characteristics: 1) Senior monks' portraits, sacred objects, and auspicious objects; 2) architecture and painting; 3) Cultural traditions and nature conservation 4) Meditation Practice Site and 3. The database for promoting Buddhist tourism consists of interesting things: 1) Master monks/idols and sacred objects; 2) architecture and painting; 3) cultural traditions; and 4) Dhamma practice.

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Lalong, P. T., Aunchaoban, W., & Worawongpisitkul, K. (2023). Development of 15 Thailand Main-Provinces Database for Smart Buddhist Tourism. Journal of Arts Management, 7(1), 92–113. Retrieved from
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Phramaha Tawee Lalong, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand



Wilaiphon Aunchaoban, Independent Researcher




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