Kingsman banned in Cambodia for portraying temple as hideout for film’s villains

via Phnom Penh Post, 12 October 2017

Cinemagoers, be warned: the blockbuster sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle won’t be playing in a theatre near you after all, with government officials yanking the action flick from the Kingdom’s screens over an allegedly negative portrayal of Cambodia deemed unacceptable for local audiences.

The light-hearted romp chronicles a fictitious British secret spy organisation that teams up with its American counterpart to find a drug lord’s secret base – which just so happens to be in Cambodia. Once discovered, a showdown between the villainess (Julianne Moore, with Elton John, playing himself, as her hostage) and the titular agents (Colin Firth and Taron Egerton) ensues against the computer-generated backdrop of a temple surrounded by jungle.

In an interview yesterday, Bok Borak, deputy director of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts’ Film Department, said the decision to ban Kingsman was made last week.

Source: Kingsman banned for portraying temple as hideout for film’s villains, Lifestyle, Phnom Penh Post

CFP: Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference

Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, 3-5 July 2018, University of Sydney

Proposal submissions are now open for the 22nd biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018. This conference will bring together academics from across disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian studies. We particularly encourage multi-country or multi-disciplinary representation, as well as gender balance and the inclusion of established and junior scholars, in all panels.

You can propose a panel, an individual paper, or a workshop. We will also be hosting a number of roundtables on topical issues such as Asian Cities, Climate change, Securing Asia, Pandemics and emerging diseases, and Asia’s heritage challenges (suitable applicants are invited to apply).

Proposal submissions close 1 November 2017.

ASAA conference 2018 will also include a dedicated postgraduate workshop on 2 July 2018. The workshop is open to all postgraduate members of the ASAA. Postgraduates wishing to attend the workshop are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Bursaries will be available.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact

Borobudur archives listed in UNESCO Memory of the World Register

via Antara News, 11 October 2017:

Four national archives were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, according to Bambang Subiyanto, chief executive of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

“The four archives on the Borobudur temple restoration, Panji Story, Non-Aligned Movement, and Tsunami had been registered in 2016, and the results will be announced at the end of October 2017,” Subiyanto remarked here on Tuesday.

He said Indonesia had submitted a proposal to list the archives of Borobudurs renovation during the 1973-1983 period in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, as the second restoration had involved several parties, and Indonesia has a complete documentation on the work.

Source: Four archives listed in UNESCO Memory of the World Register – ANTARA News

Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

via Bangkok Post, 09 October 2017: We’ve been getting heavy rains in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, with some floods already reported. Ayutthaya has previously been susceptible to floods, and there have been some mitigation measures put in place – it remains to be seen if they can last this year’s downpour.

Ayutthaya local authorities and officers from the Ayutthaya Historical Park have built a flood defence wall to prevent damage to archaeological sites.

Source: Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

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150-year-old royal puppet tradition revived for late King’s cremation

via The Nation, 07 October 2017: The late Thai king’s cremation next week will also see a number of revived cultural crafts which haven’t been seen in generations.

THE CENTURY-OLD royal puppet has been revived to perform at the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26.

Source: Royal puppet revived for late King’s cremation

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Thai initiative to bring museums to the digital world

via The Nation, 02 October 2017:

The Culture Ministry is embracing the Thailand 4.0 initiative with its new hi-tech “smart museum” and “virtual museum” projects that aim to attract 10-11 million visitors next year.

Source: Virtual museums’ aim to attract 11 million visitors

George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status

via Astro Awani, 06 October 2017:

George Town, one of the most prominent trading ports linking the East and West for the last 200 years, is at risk of losing the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Source: George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status | Astro Awani

Khmer art in Sa Kaeo

The Sdok Kok Thom Temple in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province will be Thailand’s next official historical park. Inscriptions from the 11th century temple are the primary source for the founding of Angkor in 802.

Almost 1,000 years ago, this grand Khmer architecture was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and called Pattharatekla, according to an inscription. After 20 years of restoration, Sdokkokthom Sanctuary, 34km from the Thai-Cambodian border in Khok Sung district, Sa Kaeo province, has become a popular attraction since 2014. Beginning in April next year, it will officially open as Thailand’s 11th historical park.

The temple was established in 1052 by King Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066) as a present to his Brahmin teacher Srijayentravarman, or Sathashiva, who performed the coronation ceremony for him. The teacher later left the priesthood and married a daughter of King Suryavarman I. King Udayadityavarman II ruled the Khmer kingdom from 1050 to 1066 and was the successor of King Suryavarman I.

Source: Khmer art in Sa Kaeo | Bangkok Post: travel

Lecture: Ancient Medical Industries in Cambodia and the 2017 NSC Archaeological Field School

Readers in Singapore may be interested in the talk by Dr Kyle Latinis at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre later this week.

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue:Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

The 2017 Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC) Archaeological Field School recently assisted APSARA Authority with rather incredible discoveries at the late 12th century Tonle Snguot hospital site located in the Angkor Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia. The discoveries included a 2.0 metre guardian statue (Dvarapala) and several rare Buddha statues – one of which may be a “Healing” or “Medicine” Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru).

The Tonle Snguot site is located outside the northern gate of the famed and massive Angkor Thom urban complex. Both Angkor Thom and Tonle Snguot are associated with King Jayavarman VII (1181-1218 CE), a Mahayana Buddhist who sanctioned the construction of 102 hospitals outside the city gates, along major roads, and at different urban sites throughout the kingdom. Our research purpose aimed to understand the nature of the hospital complex. Hospitals included both practical medicine and complementary spiritual healing. Additionally, it is probably no accident that a hospital is located just outside the main gates at Angkor Thom – possibly serving as checkpoints to assure healthy and sane people entered the city.

The Field School involved one week of excavations at the site to train East Asia Summit participants in basic field methods and research design. Other aspects of the Field School included site trips throughout Cambodia and Singapore to incorporate art history, history, historical ecology and several overlapping fields in order to emphasize archaeology’s multi-disciplinary nature. The participants finished their tour de force with mini research projects presented at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Source: Lecture: Ancient Medical Industries in Cambodia and the 2017 NSC Archaeological Field School – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute