Additional tourist villages planned for Borobudur

More funding is being allocated to set up tourist villages in a bid to increase tourism at Borobudur.

photo credit: hildo trazo

Borobudur to Woo Visitors With New Tourist Villages
Jakarta Globe, 20 January 2010
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Phnom Penh museum receives pre-Angkoran statues

Four statues, two of Buddha and two of unnamed male deities, discovered in Kampong Speu province have been safely deposited with the National Museum in Phnom Penh. The statues are rare examples that date before the Angkor period.

Museum lauds pre-Angkor statues
Phnom Penh Post, 21 January 2010
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Vietnamese king laid to rest

The remains of King Le Du Thong (1679-1731) was reburied earlier this week in a ceremony mixing traditional and contemporary practices. The remains of the king were uncovered in the middle of the last century and were housed in the Vietnamese History Museum until reburial.

King Le Du Tong to be brought home for burial
Saigon Giai Phong, 23 January 2010

Le king to be reburied after delay
Thanh Nien News, 23 January 2010

Royal remains for reburial
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Spotlight on the Da Nang Museum of Cham Culture

This news feature highlights the Champa Museum in Da Nang, which has grown to be one of the major museums on the Cham Culture.

Da Nang museum grows into centrepiece of Cham culture
Vietnam Net Bridge, 22 January 2010
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Visitor complains of poor management of Majapahit site

A visitor expresses frustration at the general mismanagement of the ruins of Majapahit in Trowulan including the lack of directions and access as well as poor information signs at the museum.

Ruins of Majapahit Obscured By Apathy

Jakarta Globe, 19 January 2010
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Excavation in downtown Singapore yields wartime artefacts

Singaporean readers would already know about the excavations at City Hall, where WWII artefacts such as gas masks and helmets have been found, along with earthenware from 13th-century Singapore.

Digging up secrets of the past
Straits Times, 18 January 2010
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New fighting breaks out at Preah Vihear border

A small firefight broke out between Thai and Cambodian forces near the Preah Vihear border, reportedly when Thai troops encroached onto Cambodian territory. No casualties were reported, and both sides have moved quickly to the discussion table.

Thai Army Rangers clash with Cambodian troops near Preah Vihear temple
MCOT News, 24 January 2010

Khmer and Thai troops clash at border near temple
DPA, via The Nation 24 January 2010

Cambodia, Thai troops clash
AP, via Straits Times, 24 January 2010

Cambodia reports clash with Thai troops on border
AA, via Jakarta Post 24 January 2010
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Oc Eo researcher wins award

Professor Pham Duc Manh and his team have been awarded the Tran Van Giau award for their book on the Oc Eo civilisation.

Civilisation Oc Eo : une recherche récompensée par le prix Trân Van Giàu
Le Courier de Vietnam [French], 17 January 2010 [translation]
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