The Traiphum Map | Mapping the World Exhibition

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The Traiphum Map

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This is a talk about Prof Thongchai Winichakul’s work with Thai cartography, with specific reference to the Traiphum Map and Manuscript.

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Thongchai Winichakul is Emeritus Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Research Fellow Emeritus at Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Japan. He is the author of Siam Mapped (1994) and Moments of Silence: The Unforgetting of the October 6, 1976, Massacre in Bangkok (2020), and has published eight books in Thai. He received the John Simon Guggenheim Award in 1994, was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He was also President of the Association for Asian Studies in 2013/14. His research interests are in the intellectual foundations of modern Siam under colonial conditions.


Held in conjunction with the National Library’s exhibition, Mapping the World: Perspectives from Asian Cartography.

11 Dec 2021 – 8 May 2022

Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building


About the Exhibition


Showcasing rare historical maps, Mapping the World: Perspectives from Asian Cartography brings together different mapping traditions and worldviews, political and cultural spheres of influence, and the exchange of cartographic knowledge between civilisations across the world.


The exhibition, held in partnership with the Embassy of France in Singapore, features over 60 treasures from overseas institutions and private collections such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée Guimet and École Française D’Extreme-Orient in France, as well as the MacLean Collection, Illinois, United States and the Yokohama City University, Japan. It also highlights rare maps from the National Library, Singapore as well as local institutions such as the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Indian Heritage Centre.


This exhibition opens up a fascinating and illuminating window into how civilisations see themselves and the world across time and space.

This exhibition is held in partnership with the Embassy of France in Singapore, in association with vOilah! France Singapore Festival and supported by Temasek Holdings and Tikehau Capital.


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