Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho

Documentary heritage submitted by Thailand and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© National Library of Thailand, Fine Arts Department
Massage texts and illustrations, Twin Pavilion, Wat Pho.

The Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho (Temple of the Bodhi Tree) in Bangkok is a unique collection of 1,431 stone inscriptions in Thai language and scripts made in 1831-1841 on both religious and secular subjects, representing a wide range of Thai knowledge of Asian and local roots of the time in the context of over five centuries of global exchanges in trade, politics and culture. It was a conscious effort by King Rama III and Thai scholars to preserve and make them visible to the public with the ultimate aim in general education on cultural heritage, diversity and civilizations.

  • Year of submission: 2010
  • Year of inscription: 2011
  • Country: Thailand
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