Historic Trang buildings to be conserved

Historic Trang buildings to be conserved

Siriban stationery shop won the award for outstanding architectural conservation building in the commercial category at the
Siriban stationery shop won the award for outstanding architectural conservation building in the commercial category at the "architect'17" expo in May. (Photos by Methee Muangkaew)

After several of its historic buildings won awards at the prestigious "architect'17" expo, 141 more Sino-Portuguese residential structures in the heart of Trang will be conserved for their cultural value.

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Trang to conserve 141 historic buildings

Methee Muangkaew

TRANG – After several of its historic buildings won awards at the prestigious "architect'17" expo, 141 more Sino-Portuguese residential structures in the heart of this historic town will be conserved for their cultural value.

Supawadee Jingjitr, a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at Prince of Songkhla University (Trang campus), said the faculty has identified 141 residential structures in the town to be submitted for local conservation.

At this year's expo, the popular stationery store Siriban won the award for outstanding architectural conservation building in the commercial buildings category, while Jing Jing hotel, Ban Sai Ngam and Ancient House 2486 received certificates as buildings worthy of conservation.

The balcony of the Jing Jing hotel is of unique design.

All the structures are situated in Nakhon Trang municipality, where the faculty has already conducted a survey. These buildings exhibit the harmonisation of eastern and western architectural styles of the past.

Some of the buildings have been modernised but still maintain their architectural value. They are found on roads such as Ratchadamnoen, Kantrang and Phraram 6.

The faculty will continue to help preserve these buildings in the future, said Ms Supawadee.

Jirayut Pitpreecha, owner of the Siriban shop, was glad that the structure built by his grandfather more than 70 years ago received recognition.

Mr Jirayut said his ancestor used to trade with merchants in Penang, Malaysia, so he decided to build the two-storey shophouses in a blend of neo-classic Chinese and modern styles by focusing on the façade and the roof. The building also features a multi-purpose inner courtyard, complete with a well, to reflect traditional Chinese beliefs.

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  • ancestor: a person, plant, animal or object that is related to one existing at a later point in time (adjective form: ancestral) - บรรพบุรุษ
  • architect: a person whose job is to design new buildings and make certain that they are built correctly - สถาปนิก
  • architecture: a particular style or way of designing buildings - สถาปัตยกรรม, รูปแบบการก่อสร้าง
  • award: a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision - รางวัล
  • balcony: a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building - ระเบียง
  • belief (noun): something that you think is true - ความเชื่อ
  • blend (noun): a mixture of different types of the same - การผสม, การรวมตัว
  • campus (noun): the buildings of a university, college or business and the land around them - พื้นที่ที่เป็นที่ตั้งของมหาวิทยาลัย
  • category: a group having similar qualities - ประเภท
  • certificate: an official document or record stating that particular facts are true - หนังสือรับรอง
  • commercial: for business purposes - เกี่ยวกับการค้า
  • conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
  • conservation (noun): the protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity - การอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ, การป้องกันความสูญเสีย, การสงวนไว้
  • conserve: to keep and protect something from damage, change or waste - สงวน,เก็บรักษา
  • courtyard (noun): an open space that is partly or completely surrounded by buildings and is usually part of a castle, a large house, etc - ลานบ้าน
  • cultural (adj.): related to the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • exhibit (verb): to show -
  • expo (exposition): an event at which people, businesses, etc. show and sell their goods; a trade fair - การแสดงสินค้า, นิทรรศการ
  • façade: the front of a building, especially one that is large or impressive - ด้านหน้าของตึกที่แสดงรายละเอียดของสถาปัตยกรรม, ส่วนหน้าของอาคาร
  • faculty: a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ
  • focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ
  • future: what will happen to somebody/something at a later time - อนาคต
  • harminonisation (noun): the quality of two or more things going well together and producing an attractive result - การกลมกลืน
  • historic: old and of historical importance - ที่สำคัญในประวัติศาสตร์
  • identify: to specify - ระบุ
  • lecturer (noun): a teacher at a university or college - อาจารย์ผู้บรรยาย
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • merchant: a person or business that buys and sells goods, especially one that trades with other countries - พ่อค้า, ผู้จำหน่าย, คนขาย
  • modernise: to make a system, methods, etc. more modern and more suitable for use at the present time - ทำให้ทันสมัย
  • multi-: more than one; many - มาก, หลาย
  • municipality: a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
  • outstanding: clearly very much better than what is usual - ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเด่น
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • preserve: to take care of a place or building in order to prevent it from being harmed or destroyed - สงวน, อนุรักษ์
  • prestigious: admired and respected by people - ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ
  • recognition: public praise and reward for somebody's work or actions, the act of accepting that something exists, is true or is official - การยอมรับ
  • reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง
  • residential: of a place where people live -
  • situated: located - ตั้งอยู่ที่
  • stationery: the items needed for writing, such as paper, pens, pencils and envelopes - เครื่องเขียน
  • storey (noun): a level in a structure; a level in a building - ชั้น, ชั้นของตึกหรืออาคาร
  • structure: something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts - โครงสร้าง
  • submitted (verb): formally given to someone, usually, but not always, so that they can make a decision about it - ยื่น
  • survey: the act of examining and recording available information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • trade (verb): to buy and sell goods and services - ค้าขาย
  • traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
  • unique: very special, unusual or good - ที่มีลักษณะพิเศษ  เป็นเอกลักษณ์
  • well: a deep hole in the ground from which people obtain water - บ่อน้ำ
  • worthy: deserving; having qualities that cause respect - สมควร, น่ายกย่อง
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