More on the destruction of Mrauk U

Another article on the destruction of archaeological sites of Mrauk U in Western Myanmar. There is also a photo gallery of the destruction of sites in Narinjara, and it is reported that the construction company has been very sensitive to people taking photos and videos of the site.

Laung Bwan Brauk Pagoda - image from

Mrauk U Pagodas Damaged by Railroad Construction
The Irrawady, 24 November 2010

Destruction of Mrauk U sites, 7 November 2010
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EXPLORATIONS is edited and published by graduate students at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with administrative support provided by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). The journal provides a peer-reviewed forum for graduate scholarship on Southeast Asia. Submissions are welcomed from all disciplines, however the author must be currently enrolled in an academic program or a recent graduate (within the last year). The journal is produced through a blind review process, by volunteer editors with the guidance of a faculty advisor. EXPLORATIONS is published electronically and in hard copy, and is distributed to Southeast Asian Studies programs, centers, and university libraries both nationally and internationally. Works published in EXPLORATIONS are not necessarily representative of the views of the editors or CSEAS, and responsibility for the opinions expressed and the factual accuracy of papers lies with the individual authors.

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Preah Vihear border to be opened this weekend?

It appears that Thai and Cambodian troops are preparing to withdraw from the disputed border area around Preah Vihear, with the border crossing to be open as early as this weekend!

Temple border crossing to reopen
AFP, via Straits Times, 29 November 2010

Disputed border set to reopen
Phnom Penh Post, 29 november 2010
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Racing against time to clean up Borobudur

Authorities make the best with what they have in the cleanup of Borobudur from corrosive volcanic ash and the race to have everything open for the tourist season.

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Indonesia’s Borobudur Rising From the Ashes
Jakarta Globe, 21 November 2010
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4,000 years of Southeast Asian Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

The Honolulu Academy of Arts is hosting an exhibition on Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art until January 9. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has a review of the exhibition, but the article misspells William Solheim’s name.

Treasures uncovered
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 November 2010
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Thailand reaffirms position on Preah Vihear

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirmed his country’s position on Preah Vihear at a recent meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposing Cambodia’s intention to develop the disputed territory near the temple.

Abhisit sets out Thai position on temple
Bangkok Post, 22 November 2010

PM firm on Preah Vihear stance
Bangkok Post, 21 November 2010
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Vietnam embarks on ambitious scanning project

Vietnam’s Ministry of Tourism Sports and Culture is embarking on a massive project to digitally scan buildings and objects with a 3D laser scanner to create virtual models of all its historic and archaeological treasures.

Forty thousand relics to be digitized in five years
Thanh Nien News, 19 November 2010
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It's tourist season at Angkor again…

For those heading up to Siem Reap to see the fabulous temples of Angkor this tourist season, the Telegraph has a list of ten tips for the would be traveller…

Templo de las Mujeres
photo credit: pululante

Cambodia: Ten tips on visiting Angkor’s temples
The Telegraph, 18 November 2010
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Railway project destroys archaeological sites at Mrauk U

Archaeological sites and buildings at the Arakanese city of Mrauk U are being destroyed to make way for a railway line that cuts through the city’s main archaeological zone. So far, there has been little response by the central government to appeals by local politicians and monks. [Thanks to Dr Pamela Gutman for the news]

Andaw Thein in Mrauk U. CC image.

Archaeological Sites Bulldozed for Railroad Construction in Arakan, 18 November 2010

Anger at ‘destructive’ railway project
Democratic Voice of Burma, 18 November 2010
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