Guidelines for Teakwood Construction Conservation in Thai Architectural Heritage to Promote Tourism Attraction Case Study of “The Royal bathing Pavilion Marukhathaiyawan Summer Palace, Phetchaburi, Thailand”
This study try to focus on the teak wood construction conservation in Thai architectural heritage and set up the proper guideline of conservation process. The palace was abandoned after King Vajiravudh passed away at the end of the year 1925, Until year 1965, His majesty King Bhumibhol, the present King who has just passed away at the end of 2016 grant the royal permission to special division of Border Patrol Police to use this site as the base camp for their special training. The condition of Marukhathaiyawan Palace was in severe damaged condition. Some building has fallen out, while some disappeared. In year 1981, it was registered as the National Heritage under the fine Arts Department. The first conservation work of the site was required in year 1983by the Fine Arts Department and the border Police Patrol. However, There was lack of conservation funds as there are great amount of work to be done. Until 1987, the conservation work had finally begun and it took 7 years to complete. Most parts of the buildings were renovate by introducing new structures and decorative elements but replicated the original styles, After the completion of the first conservation project in year 1994, Marukhathaiyawan Summer Palace has become one of the tourist attractions in Phetchaburi province Thailand due to its attractive architectural style and interesting historic background. The royal bathing Pavilion Became The “must-see “ site within the place.
Keywords - Marukhathaiyawan Summer Palace , Architectural Conservation, Teak wood structure