Amphawa: Saving its Spirits of Place

Silapacharanan, Siriwan (2008) Amphawa: Saving its Spirits of Place. 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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Abstract (in English)

The objective of this research work is to analyse the cultural heritage of Amphawa and its impact on saving the spirit of place. Amphawa is a rich cultural heritage community stretching along Amphawa canal with its reputation as the “Venice of the East” in this region. This wooden village was in the status of degradation due to the economic downturn, caused by the utilization of automobiles since 1980. After the restoration in 2004 involving 18 wooden buildings and a landscape project of the Thai Cultural Environment Project, giving an essential impact in physical, socio-economic and cultural aspects due to cultural tourism. As a result, more and more tourists come to visit Amphawa since it is famous for its heritage environment. This paper presents how the conservation of tangible heritage gave an essential impact to the transmission of intangible heritage in Amphawa. Keywords: Spirit of place, tangible heritage, intangible heritage, Amphawa

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Silapacharanan, Siriwan
Languages: English
Keywords: Spirit of place; tangible heritage; intangible heritage; historic village; wooden architecture; conservation project; temples; historic houses; canal; waterway
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram province, Thailand
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 08:08
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 17:39
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