THE RENOVATION GUIDELINE TO PREVENT THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE DEFACEMENT IN THAI TEMPLES CASE STUDY OF WAT PHOTHARAM, SUPHANBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
The purpose of this paper is to study the defacement of architectural heritage in Buddhist temple in Thailand which affected to the tourism industry in Thailand. There are about 40,717 temples around the country of which 33,902 are in current use, most of the architectural heritage in old temples are in bed condition and need to be conserved or renovated to preserve the significance, the architectural heritage and tourism purpose. Temple’s conservation and renovation at tourist locations not only increases temple income and that of the nation, but also furthers tourist understanding of Buddhism.
In present, the defacement of architectural renovation is one of big problem in Thai temples because of the improper methods. Thus, the researcher is interested in determining the influencing factors on the tourism potential of temples. Knowledge of these influencing factors can improve temple management to be tourist attractions. In the present study, the influencing factors were evaluated against the tourism potential of temples in Thailand.