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A Heritage of RuinsThe Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation$
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William Chapman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836313

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836313.001.0001

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Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and the Temples of the Khorat Plateau

(p.132) 5 Thailand
A Heritage of Ruins

William Chapman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks into the historic meanings and grandeur inherent (but not often apparent) in Thai places and monuments. Thailand's history is complicated, and its physical remains do not provide an easily legible tale of beginnings, expansion, and decline—its ruins not so easily discernible for the full appreciation of admirers today. Focusing in particular on the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and the Khorat Plateau sites, this chapter examines Thai history, from its prehistoric civilization to the development of its conservation practices in the present era. Thailand in many ways had to create its own approach to conservation practice, and this chapter likewise examines how it sought to identify and conserve sites of importance.

Keywords:   Thailand, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Khorat Plateau, conservation practices, Thai monuments, Thai history

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