28 , 2016-03-14 , 金沢大学大学院人間社会環境研究科 = Graduate School of Human and Socio-Enviromental Studies Kanazawa University
This article claims that Lampang' s horse carriage has cultural value owing to the local horse carriage drivers' socio-cultural practices. Although its mode has turned to be a touring activity since 1980s and the wheeled vehicle legislation has also been invalidated by law since 2003, Lampang' s horse carriage remains a living tradition. The horse carriage had been utilized as a modem and noble vehicle in Bangkok during the modernization of Siam in the 19th century. The use of the horse carriage was changed from private to public transport since the beginning of the 20th century, and at the same time, many horse carriages were transferred from the capital to regional provinces including Lampang due to popularity decline. For over a century, Lampang province has become unique in utilizing and conserving horse carriages as shown in Lampang' s provincial slogan. This article describes the analysis on social capital of Lampang' s horse carriage drivers in order to assert the cultural value of Lampang' s horse carriage. This article suggests that a revival of the legislation would be a practical way to regard the cultural value of Lampang' s horse carriage and support its future conservation.