A Synthesis of Traditional Knowledge Used in the Construction and Restoration of Thai Buddhist Ubosot in Bangkok and Its Surrounding Provinces

  •  Sumphan Phormsit    
  •  Ying Keeratiburana    
  •  Pairat Thidpad    


This qualitative investigation synthesises the use of traditional knowledge in the architecture of Thai Buddhist temples. The focus of this paper is on the main worship hall of the temple, the ubosot. The research was carried out between August 2010 and March 2013 using data collection tools of interview, observation, focus group discussion and workshop. The findings show that current restoration projects neglect traditional knowledge of ubosot construction in favour of more modern techniques. Six problems with traditional knowledge in this field were identified: lack of inheritance, insufficient funds, poor budget management, skilled labour shortages, lack of historical records and no standardisation. This paper synthesises traditional knowledge of ubosot construction and outlines five steps for the successful application of traditional knowledge in the creation and restoration of ubosot: a) planning; b) creation and restoration using traditional methods and processes; c) evaluation of construction and restoration; d) correction and improvement; e) recording of results for use as a future guide and model. These results can be used as a model for future restoration projects in Bangkok and beyond.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9655
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-9663
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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