Saving Ayutthaya, brick by brick; Manote Tripathi; The Nation


Thailand – Historic City of Ayutthaya

As conservators fret, a symposium seeks for fresh-solutions to protect the ancient capital’s historical temples.

Since its heyday as the capital of the Thai kingdom, Ayutthaya has always been vulnerable to the forces of nature. Now as the crown jewel of Thailand’s cultural tourism, and a Unesco world heritage site, Ayutthaya’s brick monuments need constant attention as they face up to the perennial threats of seasonal flooding, rain, humidity and bio-growth.
Despite exemplary conservation work by the Fine Arts Department, Ayutthaya needs to refresh its conservation perspective and learn from international perspectives, according to conservation experts who attended a symposium held in Ayutthaya last month.

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