Visitors to Hanoi will probably make a stop to the famed Temple of Literature. This feature in the Saigon Giai Phong introduces the temple and its significance over its 900-year-old history.
Ancient institution of learning continues to educate
Saigon Giai Phong, 14 February 2010
Indonesia’s most famous ancient monument is to be visited by the president of the United States when he makes his visit to Indonesia next month.
photo credit: likeyesterday
Borobudur on the menu for Obama visit
Jakarta Post, 12 February 2010
The Jewel of Muscat, a working re-creation of a 9th century Arab dhow that plied trade between the Middle East and Southeast Asia, set sail from the port of Muscat in Oman on a five-month journey to Singapore, where it will remain as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
Jewel sets sail on a tide of history
The National, 15 February 2010
Antique collectors from Hanoi showcase their collectors in conjunction with the 1,000 year anniversary of Hanoi. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t write where the exhibition actually is.
Ancient artifacts displayed in Hanoi
VOV News, 11 February 2010
Readers in Singapore might be interested in Dr Arlo Griffith’s talk next week on the epigrahy of Champa.
New Light on the Ancient Records of Campa (Vietnam)
by Dr Arlo Griffiths
26 February, 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
RSVP Required – details here
Archaeologists have discovered a drainage system for rainwater at the Bayon temple in Angkor Thom.
photo credit: RightIndex
Bayon drainage system discovered
Phnom Penh Post, 11 February 2010
Cambodia files a complaint against Google for placing more than half of Preah Vihear into Thai territory. Google has responded that they will look into the matter, and here’s a picture taken off Google Maps on Wednesday (10 Feb 2010).
Cambodia rebukes Google over disputed Thai border map
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 06 February 2010
Google to review Cambodian map over Preah Vihear Temple
Xinhua, 10 February 2010
Google says it will look into complaint from Cambodia that border map with Thailand is wrong
AFP, via Baltimore Sun, 10 February 2010
Malaysia’s Star has a travel piece on the ruins of Bagan in Myanmar – with a reference to a five star resort and viewing tower built right in the middle of the pagoda area – the horror!
photo credit: edbrambley
Pagodas in the dust
The Star, 06 February 2010
The Jewel of Muscat, a reconstruction of a 9th century ship sailing from Oman to Singapore, is set to leave Muscat this month and arrive in Singapore later this June. If you’re interested in updates on the ship’s progress, you can visit the official website here.
Readers planning to visit the ancient temples of Java like Borobudur and Prambanan will soon have to observe a dress code, or at least not be clad in skimpy miniskirts. The management company overseeing the sites are enforcing a dress code so as to preserve a sense of respect on what are, after all, sacred sites. It’s nice to see such a sense of respect for Buddhist and Hindu temples in such a predominantly Muslim country.
photo credit: hildo trazo
More temples plan to ban mini skirts, shorts
Jakarta Post, 05 February 2010