Toom Pung “archeology learning center to develop as a living-learning center within the fence of Walailak University

Toom Pung “archeology learning center to develop as a living-learning center within the fence of Walailak University

       Toom Pung archaeological site is located at Walailak University area, Thaiburi sub-district, Tha Sala district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province announced the registration of ancient monuments and defining land boundaries in the Government Gazette, Volume 118, Special Section 33 Ng, Page 5, April 9, 2001. Area of ​​128,620 square meters. This archaeological site was excavated and excavated during the year AD. 2002 – 2003 found 4 ancient buildings surrounded by a glass wall. There is an entrance arch on the west side. Next to it, there are two rectangular pools flanking the path leading to the ancient site. Ancient building area found a fragment of an idol sculpture carved from sandstone, presumed to be the image of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Which makes it known that this religious place It is a religious place in Mahayana Buddhism. This idol is currently on display at the National Museum Nakhon Si Thammarat. Ancient artifacts that have been excavated include Chinese wares and wares from the Si Satchanalai kiln source. Later in 2018, brick samples were excavated from the Toom Pung archaeological site to find the scientific age by heat fluorescence (Themoluminescence dating: TL) which is estimated to be around the 12th-13th Buddhist century or during the year 1260-1396.

       Walailak University by Walailak Abode of Culture with the 12th Regional Office of The Arts Department, Nakhon Si Thammarat plans to develop the Toom Pung archaeological site into a living history learning center using modern technology and research knowledge to create a prototype of the most modern historical learning and tourism resources in the upper south by using the PPC MODEL conservation guidelines, the details are as follows.

P = Promotion means to promote by means of conservation of Toom Pung archaeological site will encourage research studies in various fields about Toom Pung archaeological site. To provide knowledge that can be a source of information for the development of ancient sites or development and promotion of historical learning and tourism for example, scientific research, Architectural Structural Research Researching the historical links of Toom Pung archaeological site and other ancient sites.

P= Public mind mean to the awareness of the community’s archaeological site, consisting of public awareness and public participation by creating a network of cooperation in sustainable archaeological development.

C = Conservation means the conservation of Toom Pung archaeological site, consisting of the archaeological site (Object) which is 4 excavated buildings along the glass wall.

       Walailak Abode of Culture has carried out the development of the ancient ruins of Toom Pung to become a public space, you can come to study and learn without fees. The goal of the development of Toom Pung archaeological site is to conserve, develop and create a modern living-learning resource. The ancient site of Toom Pung has opened as a learning center for the history of archeology and study the plants in the Toom Pung archaeological site which will be open every Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Walailak University students who have been trained as young tour guides as well as personnel providing service to visit the ancient site of Toom Pung. In parallel with the development of Application VR Toom Pung, AR Toom Pung and Toom Pung Archive. This is a technology that combines the real world and virtual reality to make the learning process of the living history of archeology easily accessible through modern technology media. In addition, during Walailak Day, there will be an activity of Ancient Land, the land of Toom Pung archaeological site which is an activity open to students and the general public that has come to open a new dimension in learning the history of Toom Pung archaeological site that combines the present and the past by going back in time by taking a vintage car from the Thai Buri building to Toom Pung archaeological site and walking through the entrance arch like a dimension of time.

      By the fiscal year 2022, Walailak University received a budget of 39.99 million baht from the government for the construction of a learning center on arts and culture in the south “Walailak Abode of Culture”. which aims to be a source of learning in the formal, informal education, lifelong education of students, and the general public. It is a center for organizing academic service activities to promote arts and culture develop life skills for students and is a recreation center in a variety of conditions, both natural and cultural. It helps to strengthen the aesthetics and awareness of human values by collecting all the arts and cultures of the southern of Thailand region through presentations with modern technology media which has a design idea from the architectural structure of the ancient site of Toom Pung history of Nakhon Si Thammarat and the way of life of the southern people to blend in.

      The aforementioned learning center building will be open for service in the fiscal year 2023 without any charge. Which is driven according to the 4th mission of Walailak University is to preserve and restore arts and culture customary including pure and applied arts to make the university the center of the community and a role model for society. This is in line with Walailak University’s SDG driving approach in the issue of SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. It also supports to be a source of living-learning and is an important tourist attraction able to develop people and create economic value for the locality and Nakhon Si Thammarat province as well.

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions