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The Mapping of Living Local Cultural Sites in 50 Bangkok’s Districts – Bussakorn Binson, Chulalongkorn University

By on October 5, 2016
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Bussakorn Binson


Main affiliation
Chulalongkorn University






Bussakorn Binson is a Music Professor at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. She earned her Doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of York, UK in 1997. She is also a Director of Center of Excellence in Thai Music and Culture Research in Thailand. Her interest includes cultural preservation, rites and beliefs, mapping urban culture, traditional music healing as well as music therapy research. She received SAGE’s best paper award in 2012. She has been a co-director of Urban Research Center and chaired many International Conferences and Cultural Camps since 2002. She published over 10 books in Thai folk music and is one of the authors of ‘The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and its Music: From Southeast Asian Village to Global Movement’ book published by
Koninklijke Brill NV (Leiden, The Netherlands). Since 1999, she has been Thailand’s liaison officer of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). She and her team from Center of Excellence for Thai Music and Culture has conducted ‘The Bangkok’s Mapping research project’ which has been supported by Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Office in 2012. Her book ‘Living Local Cultural Sites of Bangkok’ has presented Bangkok in a new aspect as a City of Diverse Culture.
Website: http://pioneer.chula.ac.th/~sbussako/
FB: Jane Binson
Project Mapping Bangkok: Living Local Cultural Sites of Bangkok
please visit: www.livingculturalsites.com/

English Proficiency

Previous experience of recording video lectures

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Frequency of lectures
Now and then

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability

Recording preference – not Habitat III
Record via UN-Habitat UNI video team

Upcoming conferences etc
March 7-8, 2016 Urban Research Forum, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


Main themes
Urban Management
Sustainable Cities
Social Inclusion

The Mapping of Living Local Cultural Sites in 50 Bangkok’s Districts

To convert Bangkok’s image as ‘A City of Sex Tourism’ to be ‘ A City of Diverse Cultures’ and to propose Educational strategies to support cultural preservation.

Issues which the lecture addresses
This project consists of collective data in 5 aspects of Arts: Performing arts, Traditions, Sports and Recreation, Craftsmanship and Domestic arts.It was discovered that these living local cultural sites mirror the heterogeneity of its residents with their diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. There are local culture clusters of Laotians, Khmers, Mon, Chinese, Muslim, Indian, Vietnamese and Sikhs as well as Westerners. There are 275 living local cultural sites discovered from 50 districts of Bangkok city. The education model to support cultural preservation is needed to enhance local awareness of their own cultures and to support rapport between education and tourism which will link to the understanding of urban culture and its diversity.

Short analysis of the above issues
Although cultural mapping is a well established technique that inventories existing resources in the community, how the resulting dataset is utilized has been less formalized. This article discusses potential practical educational models for its use to support cultural preservation, enhancing local awareness and appreciation as well as international exchange and economic development via tourism. Policy makers will play important role to support cultural owners in many ways for the sustainability of urban culture. This model can be applied throughout the world to create peace through the understanding of each other’s culture. Mapping the global living local culture sites would become possible in the future with the collaboration of the global citizen. ‘Culture cannot be bought but it can be diluted and disappeared’

Propositions for addressing the issue
LISTEN Model for Policy Makers

Learn more & Listen more before planning
Involve & Interact with the community
Support & Service what is needed
Take it seriously & Think before act for better
Educate & E-learning management
Negotiating skill & No top down command

Additional Reading Materials
Website of Bangkok’s Living Local Cultural Sites can be found at: