New Ayutthaya tourism campaign to bank on ancient ties

The 2012 tourism campaign for Ayutthaya will target and highlight the old diplomatic links the ancient Thai capital had with with other countries such as China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Iran.

Remnants of Buddhist Monastary in Ayutthaya Thailand
photo credit: jwvgoethe

Ayutthaya highlights history to lure guests
Bangkok Post, 28 November 2011
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500th anniversary of the Fall of Malacca

In 1511 the Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albequerque captured the city of Malacca, signalling the fall of the Malacca Sultanate and the first foothold of Europeans into Southeast Asia. This feature from The Star of Malaysia commemorates the capture of Malacca 500 years ago.

Porta de Santiago (Famosa) サンチャゴ砦
photo credit: ssr.ist4u

500 years on [Link no longer active]
The Star, 27 November 2011
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Hidden royal tunnel found in Vietnam

Officials from the Lam Dong Provincial Museum report the discovery of a secret passage in a villa belonging to the last queen of Vietnam.

Queen Nam Phuong's Villa, Tuoi Tre News 20111125

Hidden tunnel discovered in the last Queen’s house
Tuoi Tre News, 25 November 2011
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Asian Civilisations Museum Research Fellowship 2012-2013

Applications are now open for the Asian Civilisations Museum Research Fellowship for 2012-2013. The research themes for the upcoming term are Peranakan material culture, Confucianism and Christianity in Asia (up to 1800).

For more information about the fellowship and how to apply, click here.

Proceedings from the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage online

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage was held earlier this month in Manila, and the proceedings are now online hosted by the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. You’ll find a number of papers related to underwater and maritime archaeology including one bit of research I was involved in on the rock art of Tham Phrayanaga or Viking Cave in Southern Thailand.

Badass of the week: Trấn Hưng Đạo

If you haven’t read Badass of the week (also in book form), Ben Thompson writes the humorously exaggerated achievements of military figures in history that are based on historical fact. Here, he writes about Trấn HÆ°ng Đạo, who in the 13th century successfully repelled the Mongol invasion of Vietnam, particularly in the rout at Bach Dang River.

Badass of the week: Trấn Hưng Đạo
BadassoftheWeek.com
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Ayutthaya flood aftermath

More stories from the aftermath of this year’s floods which have directly affected the world heritage site of Ayutthaya.

Remnants of Buddhist Monastary in Ayutthaya Thailand
photo credit: jwvgoethe

Ayutthaya picks up the pieces as floodwaters recede [Link no longer active]
Monsters and Critics, 10 November 2011

Ayutthaya, after the floods
Bangkok Post, 17 November 2011

Fears for ancient Thai temples as floods recede [Link no longer active]
AFP, 20 November 2011
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