Conservation of Ancient and Religious Monuments: Problems and Solutions


  • คักดิ์ชัย สายสิงห์ คณะโบราณคดี มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร


Temples and ancient monuments conservation responsibility is under the authority of the National Office of Buddhism and the Fine Arts Department respectively. Major problems today are marked by the conflict between development on the one hand, and conservation on the other. The Fine Arts Department, facing chronic shortage of man-power and budget constraints has sub-contracted restoration works to private companies. While the National Office of Buddhism faces constant pressures to develop temple areas for commercial use. One of the justifications is to find resources to sustain Buddhism for prosperity. To help alleviate the problems, both offices should follow appropriate procedures. The Fine Arts Department should offer proper training for conservation personnel, adjust working process, build up knowledge and understanding with the temples and the community. These would help cultivate a deeper appreciation of the values and significance of ancient monuments. At the same time, the temples should be more equipped with knowledge of relevant conservation laws and better informed of the artistic values of the temples’ architectures and art objects. The temples should not be too concerned with making profits from ancient and religious monuments. A deeper sense of cultural heritage for common good should be cultivated. These considerations could help sustain a healthy future of ancient and religious monuments.




How to Cite

สายสิงห์ ค. (2015). Conservation of Ancient and Religious Monuments: Problems and Solutions. Journal of Buddhist Studies Chulalongkorn University, 20(1), 59–73. Retrieved from