The Impact of Tourism on the Monks of Luang Prabang

Suntikul, Wantanee (2008) The Impact of Tourism on the Monks of Luang Prabang. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The attractiveness of Luang Prabang’s temples for both heritage and religious tourists reflects their profound embodiment of the spirit of the place, yet tourism can also be seen as a threat to this very spirit. Exposure to tourism and social contact with tourists is influencing the values and aspirations of the city’s many monks, as evinced by trends such as monks eschewing the study of traditional skills in favour of foreign languages to help them enter the tourism industry. This paper explores the effects that contact with tourists has on the values and practices of the monks of Luang Prabang and, in turn, how these changes have affected the spirit of the place. It is based on on-site observation, surveys of monks and tourists, as well as elite interviews with religious leaders

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Suntikul, Wantanee
Languages: English
Keywords: tourism; tourists; World Heritage List; spirit of place; religion; intangible heritage; buddhism
Subjects: I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 05. Tourism impact
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Town of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
UNESCO WHC Number: 479
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 16:24
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 16:20
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