Amid more demolishing, panel set up to evaluate Mahakan fort homes

The community at the Mahakan Fort continue to have their houses razed, but at the same time a panel has been set up to evaluate the historical value of some of the remaining houses. It looks futile at this stage, since even if the houses are preserved the living community has been actively destroyed?

A 10-member panel will be formed to look into the historical value of the remaining houses in the Mahakan Fort Community to determine whether they should be preserved, says a source close to City Hall.

Source: Panel to appraise Mahakan fort homes | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

[Job] Anthropology Lecturer, University of Washington

The University of Washington has a lecturer position open, and several faculty members are specialists in Southeast Asian archaeology. Applications close 13 April 2017.

Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

Source: Anthropology – Lecturer, Full-time, Competitive Recruitment (AA23136) | Academic Personnel

No shoes allowed on Bagan temples

Myanmar warns of action taken against tourists and guides who do not remove their shoes when visiting the temples of Bagan. The removal of shoes signify a mark of respect when visiting these sacred sites.

Myanmar authorities have announced plans to prosecute tour guides if their visitors do not take off their shoes upon entering pagodas in the country’s tourism hot spot Bagan.

Source: Myanmar warns over shoes in pagodas – Travel – NZ Herald News

See also:
ပုဂံဘုရားမ်ားေပၚသို႔ ႏုိင္ငံျခားဧည့္သည္မ်ား ဖိနပ္ျဖင့္တက္ျခင္းကို မတားျမစ္က ဧည့္လမ္းၫႊန္ပါ အေရးယူမည္ (source story in Burmese)
Tourists and guides found wearing shoes on pagodas will be prosecuted, warn Bagan authorities

K50 million approved for road repairs in Bagan

Road repairs are good, but… only 4% of the fees goes back to developing the Bagan area?!

THE Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library (Bagan branch) has approved a request for K50 million from the Bagan Regional Development Association (BRDA) to repair and upgrade roads near the pagodas in the archaeological zone.

Source: K50 million approved for road repairs in Bagan

Weekend festival for Ayutthaya anniversaries

To celebrate the 666th anniversary of Ayutthaya Kingdom, an old capital of Thailand, and the 25th anniversary of Ayutthaya as a Unesco World Heritage Site, numerous activities under the theme of “Development In Accordance With The Footsteps Of Phraya Boran Ratchathanin” will be held by the Fine Arts Department and several public and private agencies at the Chantharakasem National Museum in Ayutthaya until Sunday.

Source: Remembering Ayutthaya | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Billboard guidelines for Bagan cultural zone

Regulations for the erection of billboards in Bagan are being finalised.

Guidelines for the erection of billboards in the Bagan cultural zone will be drawn up to ensure that they conform to the structure of ancient buildings in the area, said Daw Yu Yu Lin, coordinator with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Bagan’s tourism development project.

Source: Billboard guidelines for Bagan cultural zone

[Book] Spirits and Ships: Cultural Transfers in Early Monsoon Asia

New book from ISEAS press

This volume seeks to foreground a borderless history and geography of South, Southeast, and East Asian littoral zones that would be maritime-focused, and thereby explore the ancient connections and dynamics of interaction that favoured the encounters among the cultures found throughout the region stretching from the Indian Ocean littorals to the Western Pacific, from the early historical period to the present. Transcending the artificial boundaries of macro-regions and nation-states, and trying to bridge the arbitrary divide between (inherently cosmopolitan) high cultures (e.g. Sanskritic, Sinitic, or Islamicate) and local or indigenous cultures, this multidisciplinary volume explores the metaphor of Monsoon Asia as a vast geo-environmental area inhabited by speakers of numerous language phyla, which for millennia has formed an integrated system of littorals where crops, goods, ideas, cosmologies, and ritual practices circulated on the sea-routes governed by the seasonal monsoon winds. The collective body of work presented in the volume describes Monsoon Asia as an ideal theatre for circulatory dynamics of cultural transfer, interaction, acceptance, selection, and avoidance, and argues that, despite the rich ethnic, linguistic and sociocultural diversity, a shared pattern of values, norms, and cultural models is discernible throughout the region.

Source: Spirits and Ships: Cultural Transfers in Early Monsoon Asia | bookshop.iseas.edu.sg

Sri Lanka National Museum launches app for visitors

App launched in conjunction with the reopening of the National Museum in Colombo. It’s on Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arimaclanka.icta.museum&hl=en

The solution developed for the Sri Lanka Museums has the following functionalities:
o Multi-lingual content base (Sinhala, English, Tamil) – Records and integrates the voice description of artifacts, as well as text contents of various museums in Sri Lanka with the native mobile applications. Recorded voice descriptions are played once the user enters the item code or scans the QR maker.
o Geo Location Based Augmented Reality – a module to locate the galleries based on the geo location of the visitor.
o Indoor Positioning System – Marker based (Fiducial) indoor positioning system in order that users may know the exact location they are at, thus being able to route their location accordingly.
o Social Media – Social media is integrated with the applications in order that visitors may share their experience.

Source: ICTA & National Museum launch Sri Lanka museums mobile app – Lanka Business Online

Cambodian National Museum price hike delayed

Price hike to be delayed until July to give the tourist industry time to adjust.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance has agreed to delay scheduled entry fee increases at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the National Museum until July, in response to complaints from businesses that cater to tourists.

Source: Hike in Tuol Sleng and National Museum ticket prices held off until July, National, Phnom Penh Post