The 130km-long wall that runs mostly through the Quang Ngai Province is probably Southeast Asia’s longest, and the province is hoping to raise the profile of the 200-year-old wall and get it listed as a heritage site.
Over the last week, an envoy from Unesco has been in talks with the Thai and Cambodian governments over the dispute at the Preah Vihear border as well as to inspect the damage done to the temple from the recent fighting. The envoy will visit the temple with Indonesian observers (who are appointed on behalf of ASEAN) in a couple of weeks time.
UNESCO envoy due on Sunday
Phnom Penh Post, 23 Feb 2011
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will send monitors to the disputed border at Preah Vihear to assess the situation there. The sending of ASEAN monitors is seen as a compromise between Thailand’s and Cambodia’s differing stands on resolving the conflict; the former wants to resolve issues bilaterally while the latter is seeking the intervention of the UN. An unofficial ceasefire is currently in effect to prevent further bloodshed and damage to the ancient temple.
The Phnom Penh Post reports that a ceasefire has been brokered between the Thai and the Cambodian forces over recent fighting near the Preah Vihear temple. Weapons fire from the last round of fighting reportedly damaged the ancient temple and the prolonged dispute has strained relations between both countries.
The Tang Dynasty treasures recovered from Indonesian waters will finally go on display in Singapore at the new ArtScience Museum. Last year, a reconstruction of the shipwrecked vessel was made by the Sultanate of Oman and was sailed from Oman to Singapore. I managed to get onboard the ship when it docked at Georgetown in Penang – check it out here.