Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and the Temples of the Khorat Plateau
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.
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