Wednesday Rojak #45

In this week’s rojak we go back in time to see Angkor Wat in the 1930s and remember the late royal highness, Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Grand palace
photo credit: Jeb Ro

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand passed away earlier this year, and after months of preparation the spectacular state funeral for commences this weeked. Here are some pictures of the royal crematorium, which is purpose-built on the royal lawn for each royal funeral and then dismantled after the ceremonies are completed.
  • How did Angkor look like before the current tourism boom? This youtube video of Angkor in the 1930s gives a rare look at the temples from the earlier part of the last century. It is certainly worth the wait! [from I.Z. Reloaded]
  • Loot! The Chicago Tribune has an in-depth feature on the looting of archaeological sites – do museums save artefacts from destruction and the black market, or do they fuel more looting activities?

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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