HERITAGE INTERPRETATION: ANALYSIS OF LABOR HERITAGE IN THE CASE OF THAI LABOR MUSEUM (BANGKOK, THAILAND)

  • Siripen Yiamjanya Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok
Keywords: heritage, interpretation, labor heritage, Thai Labor Museum

Abstract

Thai Labor Museum in Bangkok is the first and the only museum in Thailand that brings many aspects and issues about Thai laborers to public awareness. The heritage narrated in this museum regards the significance of Thai history and contemporary events that involve Thai laborers in the political and social context. The museum represents the historical realm of Thai labor and recognizes labor identities through their hard work and life. The purpose of this study can be determined through the following research questions: (1) how is the situation with the interpretation of heritage in the case of Thai Labor Museum?; and (2) what could be an alternative interpretation approach for labor heritage? The study used SWOT analysis framework as the method, carried out within the existing interpretation of the museum. Primary, secondary and tertiary interpretations were suggested. Also, critical issues and problems with interpretation at the site were addressed. Additionally, the study marks tourism route potential, connecting the museum with the historic railway factory heritage at Makkasan Workshop. Future development would create a new public and tourism precinct set amongst the backdrop of the industrial heritage of Thailand.

Author Biography

Siripen Yiamjanya, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok

Ph.D. Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism (Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand), Master of Arts in Tourism Management (Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Full- Time Lecturer and Head of Tourism Management Program in International College, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Personal interests: urban / cultural tourism, tourism logistics, heritage management, writing / literature 

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Published
2021-01-29
How to Cite
Yiamjanya, S. (2021). HERITAGE INTERPRETATION: ANALYSIS OF LABOR HERITAGE IN THE CASE OF THAI LABOR MUSEUM (BANGKOK, THAILAND). The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (1(26), 52-62. https://doi.org/10.35678/2539-5645.1(26).2021.52-62