In Thailand, plastering dn stucco works were dated not later than the 4th Century as there was a fragment of a stucco Buddha from the same period found in Suphan Buri Province. In Dvaravati Culture (7th - 11th Century), there were numerous bas-relief and high-relief sculptures, including human and animal figures, and decorative stuccos found at Buddhist monuments. Those figures were the Lord Buddha, Bodhisattva, scenes from Jakaka (Tales of the Lord Buddha's former births), and life-scenes of people.
The art of plastering and stucco was passed on to Sukhothai and Lanna Periods. Some Distinguished stucco works dated between the 14th - 16th Century were the walking Buddha image at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, the decorative stuccos on the arch pediment and the Chedi at Wat Phra Pai Luang in Sukhothai Province, and the stucco angles on the wall of Jet Yot Vihara at Wat Photharam Mana Vihara, Chiang Mai Province.
In early Ayutthaya Period, the use of decorative stucco with Prang, Chedi, Ubosot and Vihara appeared in various styles. They became the archetype of Lai Thai (Thai Pattern) in the present day. In the late 16th - 17th Century, some stuccos presented well-composed design and virtual moment, e.g. the decorative stucco at Wat Khao Bandi It in Petchaburi Province, and the stucco Buddha on the wall of Vihara at Wat Lai in Lop Buri Province.
In Rattanakosin Period, the new decorative style of stucco occurred. The pediments of Ubosot and Virara were decorated with auspicious paintings and glazed tiles. It reflected influence of Chinese art, which as the favorite art style of King Nagklao (1824 - 1851). Thai stucco work changed again during the regn of Kin Mongkut (1868 - 1910). The new design called 'Lai Thet' was created. It was the combination of Thai, Chinese and Western Art. In the later period, the Western technique to produce molds from casted cement was initiated. The patterns and round relief sculptures were designed after the cement molds were finished. The sculptures and the well-designed patterns were used for decorating temples, govermental buildings and bridges.
Nowadays, ancient stucco work has been revitalized by the royal remarks of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Office of Traditional Arts (Chang Sip Mu), Thai Fine Arts Department, took significant roles in conserving plastering and stucco work at many importnat temples, such as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Emerald Buddha Temple) in Bangkok, and Wat Mahathat in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province.