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19 October 2016: Symposium

At Classic Kameo Hotel Ayutthaya




Opening session



×        Welcome remark by Mr. Sujin Chaichumsak, Governor of Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya Province

×        Remark by Dr. Duong Bich Hanh, Representative of UNESCO Bangkok

×        Congratulatory remark by H.E. Ambassador Mr. Karel Hartogh, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

×        Report by Mr. Anan Chuchote, Director-General of Fine Arts Department

×        Opening remark by H.E. Mr. Veera Rojpojanarat, Minister of Culture


Keynote Session: International standards on the conservation of World Heritage Sites

1.        From Venice Charter to Nara+20 (30 minutes)

by Dr. Gamini Wijesuriya, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

2.        The latest development of guidelines and standards on the management of archaeological heritage (30 minutes)

by Dr. Douglas C. Comer, International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICOMOS-ICAHM)


Coffee break


Session 1:  Evolving principles and practices in the conservation of brick monuments for World Heritage Sites

3.        M Sơn World Heritage Site and its Conservation (25 minutes)

by Mr. Ðặng Khánh Ngc, Institute of Conservation of Monuments, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam

4.        Angkor World Heritage Site and its Conservation (25 minutes)

by Dr. Christophe Pottier, École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)


Panel discussion with speakers: Implications for the conservation of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site (30 minutes)

Moderator: Dr. Amara Srisuchart, Fine Arts Department, Thailand




Session 2:  Brick monument conservation in Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site: challenges and responses

5.        Observation of conservation issues in Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site (25 minutes)

by Dr. Nishiura Tadateru, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

6.        The development of Master Plan for the management of Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site (25 minutes)

by Mr. Anan Chuchote, Fine Arts Department, Thailand

7.        Preventive measures for a brick monument from salt weathering: an on-site study at Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya (25 minutes)

by Dr. Masahiko Tomoda, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan

8.        German Wat Ratchaburana Safeguarding Project - Documentation, research, conservation & training (25 minutes)

by Dr. Hans Leisen, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS), Germany

9.        Conservation and training project at Historic City of Ayutthaya

(25 minutes)

by Ms. Josephine D’Ilario, World Monuments Fund, USA


Panel discussion with speakers: Identifying key issues for Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site related to authenticity and integrity

(25 minutes)

Moderator: Dr. Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Thammasart University


Coffee break


Session 3:  Revival of traditional craftsmanship in brick and lime conservation for World Heritage Sites

10.   Traditional Knowledge System in the Conservation of World Heritage Sites in India (25 minutes)

by Dr. Gurmeet Rai, Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI), India

11.   Use of traditional materials and techniques in the conservation of Angkor World Heritage Site (25 minutes)

by Dr. Ly Vanna, Authority for the Protection of the Site and the Management of the Region of Angkor (APSARA), Cambodia

12.   Revival of Thai traditional building craftsmanship for World Heritage conservation (25 minutes)

by Dr. Amara Srisuchart, Fine Arts Department, Thailand

13.   Use of traditional materials in stucco conservation in Thailand

(25 minutes)

by Mr. Apichart Suwan, Division of Archaeological Conservation, Fine Arts Department, Thailand


Open discussion and comments on the use of traditional craftsmanship in the conservation of heritage sites (25 minutes)

Moderator: Dr. Douglas C. Comer, ICOMOS-ICAHM


Wrap-up session


Dinner Reception at Hotel

20 October 2016: Field visit to Historic City of Ayutthaya




Leave the hotel lobby


Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

×        See excavated gold artefacts from Mahathat and Ratchaburana Temples

×        Briefing on Ayutthaya-style artefacts and artpieces


Mahathat Temple

×        See examples of architecture from Early and Late Ayutthaya periods

×        Examine different conservation techniques at the site


Ratchaburana Temple

×        See “prang” structure of Early Ayutthaya period and mural paintings in the excavated treasure hoard

×        Examine stucco conservation techniques by German Wat Ratchaburana Safeguarding Project, collaboration between Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences and Fine Arts Department


Coffee break at Ratchaburana Temple


Phra Sri Sanphet Temple, Grand Palace and Phra Mongkol Bophit Vihara

×        Study the first generation of site restoration techniques in Thailand at the three central pagodas 

×        Study history and approaches in restoration of Phra Mongkol Bophit Vihara


Lunch at Khum Khun Paen complex


Som Temple

×        See “prang” and stucco from Early Ayutthaya period which is considered highly intact

×        Study early conservation techniques of archaeological sites and stucco


Na Phra Men Temple

×        Study restoration techniques of ordination hall occurred since Early Rattanakosin period

×        See the Buddha image in royal regalia in the ordination hall, Phra Budhha Nimit Wichitman Molee Sri Sanphet Borom Trailokanath


Sala Poon Woravihara Temple

×        Examine restoration and conservation techniques under the restoration project to commemorate  70th anniversary of accession to the throne of His Majesty the King Bhumibhol


Coffee break at Sala Poon Woravihara Temple


Phu Khao Thong Temple

×        See the big pagoda on twelve wooden recesses built in Late Ayutthaya period

×        Examine space management between archeological site and functional temple


Chai Wattanaram Temple    

×        See the exemplary temple built according to the belief in the structure of universe in the reign of King Prasart Thong

×        Study conservation techniques under the conservation and training project by World Monuments Fund in collaboration with Fine Arts Department 


Dinner reception at activity area of Chai Wattanaram Temple


Return to the hotel

21 October 2016:  Symposium

At Classic Kameo Hotel Ayutthaya




De-briefing on Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site visit: observations and recommendations

Moderator: Dr. Duong Bich Hanh, UNESCO Bangkok


Coffee break


Session 4 (Panel discussion): Towards an updated conservation philosophy for brick monuments at Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site

Moderator: Mrs. Montira Horayangura Unakul, UNESCO Bangkok



1.     Defining authenticity and integrity in the context of Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site



2.     Updating conservation principles and practices in line with international standards



3.     Building institutional and technical capacity to apply updated principles and practices in real life


Concluding session



×        Thank you remarks by Mr. Anan Chuchote, Director-General of Fine Arts Department, Thailand


Closing lunch


Travel back to Bangkok