Mining Industrial Landscape, Heritage Value and Tourism Opportunity: Focus on Lampang’s Mae Moh Mine and Communities in its Neighborhood

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Siripen Yiamjanya


This study investigates potential of reuse of the mining heritage in Mae Moh Mine, Lampang Province for tourism and recreation purpose. The study surveyed built and cultural heritage of mining, assessed its values, and utilized in-depth interview and focus group discussions with key informant groups. Mining heritage could be viewed as new to Thailand and seems contradictory in the feeling when proposing it with tourism. Nevertheless, international example practices of reuses and transformation of former mines and factories could settle some initial ideas for Thailand, in particular for the case of Lampang Mae Moh Mine. The study pointed out significance of alternative approach for the tourism industry of Lampang, while conservation of the industrial heritage should also be taken into account due to the fact that this type of heritage is at risk of disappearing. Finally, this study suggested potential approach for future consideration

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