Preserving Thai hotel’s heritage

Getting a facelift Ideally located in the heart of Thailand’s capital, Dusit Thani Bangkok sits opposite historic Lumpini Park with its broad boulevards and expanse of lakes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

One of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development firms, Dusit International, has made a partnership with Silpakorn University with the intention to launch an exclusive project focusing on the preservation of the rich architectural and artistic heritage of Dusit Thani Bangkok.

Through the partnership, Dusit and Silpakorn are set to redevelop the company’s iconic flagship hotel by next year as part of a landmark mixed-use development.

Silpakorn University is one of the leading educational institutions with extensive experience in preserving items of historical significance.

Officially titled “Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok’s Artistic Heritage,” preservation experts from Silpakorn University are tasked to carefully identify, document, dismantle and preserve key items of historical or artistic value in the property for use in the new version of the hotel, which is slated to open in 2023.

Since opening in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok has become an icon of luxury in the heart of Thailand’s capital, delivering distinctive service underpinned by Thai artistry and graciousness.

The iconic hotel embodies the very essence of Thailand and blends it with modern conveniences. Its interior is also lauded for its rich artistic heritage showcasing Thai motifs and murals that adorn the columns and walls of the hotel’s signature Thai restaurant.

Silpakorn’s experts are also set to study the hotel’s distinctive landscaping, particularly the renowned waterfall garden, which provides a serene and leafy escape in the heart of the city. Prize trees will be documented and preserved as much as possible.

“Dusit Thani Bangkok is the result of this vision and the building’s unique design, décor and artworks are indeed representative of an era of great change in the country. With the hotel now about to undergo a significant change for a new era of tourism, we would like to preserve as many items of historical and sentimental value as possible. I believe our past is the inspiration for a sustainable future, and I am delighted we could partner with Silpakorn University for this unique project,” said Dusit International chairman of the Executive Committee Chanin Donavanik.

Meanwhile, Sayumporn Kasornsuwan, vice president for Art and Culture, Silpakorn University, has expressed appreciation as it looks forward to their partnership.

“Dusit Thani Bangkok is an excellent learning center for those interested in the development of art, culture and architecture in Thailand and we are very happy that Dusit wants to preserve the key historical elements of its flagship hotel for posterity. Lecturers from faculties such as archaeology, architecture, painting, sculpture and graphic arts, as well as the university’s Art Centre and partners, will be heavily involved in this project,” Kasornsuwan said.

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