HUSO, KKU, organizes the Creative Folklore Project for marketing cultural wisdom heritage and promoting the archaeological tourism site at Koo Kaew Health-Care Shrine
July 9-10, 2021 – Thai Language Department and the Institute of Mekong Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University, organized a project called “Creative Folklore: Marketing on Story-Telling of Cultural Wisdom Heritage” to promote the archaeological site of Koo Kaew historical health-care pavilion, Koo Kaew Monastery, Don Chang Sub-district, Muang District, Khon Kaen. The project was headed by Ajarn Kaewta Jantaranusorn, Ph.D., and was organized under strict precautions taken against the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Supachai Leekhawsung, Muang Khon Kaen District Chief Officer presided over the opening ceremony and joined in attending the talks. The District Chief Officer also shared experiences in the city’s development plans that will be useful for academic fields. He suggested the means to convey cultural heritage information to the public that will promote the identity of Don Chang Sub-district. Participants included leaders and governing officers of the sub-district, who joined and received the plans of the Creative Folklore Project.
The Creative Folklore Project is aimed at studying and compiling socio-cultural information in archaeological sites of health-care pavilion that will lead to development of health and gastronomic tourism at Don Chang Sub-district, Khon Kaen. Integration of multi-disciplinary networks and development of the potentiality of the archaeological sites are also aimed at in order to improve the economy of the sub-district as well as to be part of the instruction of the course “Folklore”, under the Thai Language Program and the language and cultural courses under the graduate program in Mekong Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University.
There were talks by many experts. On July 9, 2021, the morning session featured lectures by Ajarn Wiangkham Chuan-udom ,Ph.D., Head of the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University, on “The Importance of Koo Kaew Health-care Pavilion and Archaeological Tourism Opportunities from the Viewpoint of Historians and Archaeologists”; Khun Kulwadee Samakthai, a professional archaeologist from the 8th Art Office, Khon Kaen, on “The Life of Phra Bhodhisat and Beliefs on Phra Vacharadorn, Phra Vacharapani and Phra Yom at Koo Kaew Arokhaya San”. The two talks were very helpful and encouraged the leaders and governing officers of Don Chang Sub-district to become alert and see the approaches to convey the meanings of the place widely and profoundly in different dimensions. In the afternoon, Phra Khru Vuddhidhammapiram, the Abbot of Koo Kaew Samakkee Monastery lectured on “BukkalaThitthan, the Legend of the Great Naga at Koo Kaew Arokhaya San”. This talk demonstrated the power of nature’s mercy that supports lives and minds, bringing awareness and faith to guard the place. Koo Kaew health-care pavilion or shrine is a sacred place that is the spiritual center of Don Chang people. Next, Assoc. Prof. Rawee Hanpacheon, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Architecture and former Director of the Research and Development Institute of KKU, who has a lot of experiences in urban development talked on “Khon Kaen Model: Urban Development from Cultural and Ecological Bases of a River Basin”, which linked to another talk on “Archaeological City Plan, Reviving the Past, Wakening the Future – The Challenges for Building a Smart City from the Cultural and Wisdom Heritage” and the talk on “Koo Kaew Model” to expedite cultural heritage conservation by Don Chang Sub-district Community, Khon Kaen Province.