Chartering Heritage in Asia's Postmodern World
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Seated Buddhas at Wat Mahathat and Wat Sri Chum at the World Heritage Site of Sukhothai, Thailand—center of one of the most important states in Southeast Asia during the 13th and 14th centuries. The site's restoration in the early 1980s was guided by the Bangkok Charter, which—based on principles of traditional Buddhist practice—provides greater flexibility in reconstruction of monuments and sculptures than more Western documents such as the Venice Charter. Photos: Kristin Kelly.