SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 8, No 1 (2008)

Cultural Landscape Analysis of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai

Nantawan Muangyai, Vitul Lieorungruang

Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom, 73000

Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 52000


Abstract


Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, one of Thailand’s great cultural landscapes, is the 24th national park located in Chiang Mai Province. This site can meet the international criteria due to its qualities in natural aspects as it is a place of biodiversity, along with endangered and rare species which can be found here. This site becomes a good place for the visit because of various natural and cultural attractions, especially Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, a highlighted destination. In addition, tribal people have also lived in the area, especially Hmong people, whose culture is not only unique, but also so authentic that it can show how their ways of life have been since their first settlement. Thus, conservation is important for this valuable cultural landscape, both natural and cultural aspects due to its potential to be the world heritage. It is, moreover, worthwhile being studied so as to retain its cultural significance.

Key Words: cultural landscapes, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, biodiversity

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