In the morning of 13 November 2016 a public lecture was held at SEA Junction on Buddhist Art in Southeast Asia, which discussed the various styles, their iconography as well as their social and cultural functions. Southeast Asia has been strongly influenced by Buddhism since the 6th century AD. Both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism played important roles in the development of art in the region, as can be seen in Buddha images, stupas and pavilions. All across the countries of Southeast Asia that are predominantly Buddhist such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, temples are beautified with various styles of stupas, and also in the other countries in the region ancient stupas are admired for their beauty and their historical value.
Art historian Cheda Tingsanchai was the much appreciated speaker. He is associate Professor at the Faculty of Archeology of Silpakorn University in Bangkok. He finished his study on art history from Silpakorn University as well as the National Museum Institute New Delhi and his specialization is Indian and Southeast Asian art.
Yanin Wongmai, Catha Maria, Rosalia Sciortino and Wannee Vardhanabhuti.