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24 May 2024

Heritage Matters: Sam Yan shows need to save history

 “The struggle to save the Mazu Shrine continues. But even if it fails, the campaign has been worth the effort because it shows how much the public cares about heritage.

The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is delighted to share with you today the eighteenth article from “Heritage Matters”, a monthly series aimed at identifying the challenges and opportunities of cultural heritage conservation published by The Siam Society in the Bangkok Post.

In this article, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and Settanant Thanakitkoses address the issue of how redevelopment projects have been causing historic buildings to disappear and the failure of the state and institutional landowners to protect these buildings valued by the public through the case of the Mazu Shrine in Sam Yan.

The full article can be read here.

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is a human rights activist, preservationist and former president of the Student Council of Chulalongkorn University. Settanant Thanakitkoses is former president of academic affairs of the Student Government of Chulalongkorn University.