This blog post was translated from an academic paper. Please cite the original article.
Arunrangsiwed, P. (2020). Floating Market Studies: A Literature Review. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Phayao, 8(1), 25-42.
Conservation of wisdom and culture
Since local people have careers and income from cultural tourism such as floating markets (ชลลดา แสงมณี ศิริสาธิตกิจ, และ ธีรศักดิ์ อุ่นอารมณ์เลิศ, 2557) , they are motivated to preserve life and community ways (กฤตภาส บินสุอะหวา และ ศุภวัฒนากร วงศ์ธนวสุ, 2554). Before the floating market became a tourist attraction like today, the ancient floating market had a sufficiency economy system. The villagers exchange products without using money as a medium (สุภาภรณ์ จินดามณีโรจน์, 2553-2554). Products in that period were usually foodstuffs, household goods, which is different from what the current tourists and teenagers are interested in (กมลทิพย์ กันตะเพ็ง และ พิทักษ์ ศิริวงศ์, 2560).
While there are a lot of teenagers and foreign tourists, community leaders and shops of many floating markets tried to preserve the traditional Thai landscape, such as the construction of buildings and the use of colors (วรุณี เชาวน์สุขุม และ วงศ์ธีรา สุวรรณณิน, 2561). Not only the physical environment, buildings, and architectural designs that were preserved, floating market is also the place with full of local knowledge, which produces a variety of processed agricultural products. These products can also create identity for the floating market as well (มธุรา สวนศรี, 2559). Another thing that helps build cultural identity is that the floating market is the center of the local wisdom that allows people to learn about their careers, techniques, and methods of doing certain activities in daily life (มธุรา สวนศรี, 2559).
This wisdom can exist because of communication, knowledge exchange, the practice in order to try new strategy, the note taking, and working with scholars (ปนันดา จันทร์สุกรี, นลินี พานสายตา, ไพลิน เชื้อหยก, และ นิตินัย รุ่งจินดารัตน์, 2560). Exchange knowledge between community members and educational institutions may not be enough. ชัยยุทธ ถาวรานุรักษ์ (2562) suggests that there should be ecological activities related to local wisdom for tourists as well.
Conservation of wisdom and culture Tourist Attractions
It is important to note that I wrote an article for a conference in Phayao, and my article was published in Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Phayao. I translated to manuscript into English during the peer review process or about Mar 2020. I kept the translated version until my article was published in the academic journal. Why did I translate? I think it may increase the number of citations for my paper.