A military official was arrested in Thailand on Saturday after smuggling three statues across the border from Banteay Meanchey province in his car, officials said Sunday.
Prak Sa, chief of the Boeung Trakuon border checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey’s O’Chrou district, said that Soeun Oeun, 49—an intelligence officer from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Region 5 in Battambang province—was arrested at about 5 p.m., just after passing through screening on the Cambodian side of the checkpoint.
“We were careless with checking his car, in which he had hidden three ancient statues, but he was arrested by Thai border police,” Mr. Sa said. He said Mr. Oeun regularly went through the checkpoint in O’Beichoan commune to purchase food or gasoline in Thailand.
“The suspect goes back and forth every day,” he said, adding that Cambodian border police had never had reason to suspect nefarious activity.
A Bangkok Post feature on the historic Krung Kasem canal, which is quite near my workplace, and all the notable sights along it. At the end of the canal is the 600-year-old Wat Thewarat Kunchorn, which is just outside my workplace!
Streaming with history
Bangkok Post, 23 April 2015
Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is likely to become one of Bangkok’s major transportation routes once again due to government support, and this may also benefit tourism. Building of the canal was commissioned by King Rama IV in 1851 to serve as the outer city moat. It runs in parallel with the first and second tiers of the city moat — Khlong Khumuang Doem and Khlong Rob Krung.
Wat Thewarat Kunchorn was a civil temple built during the Ayutthaya period and called Wat Samor Khraeng, or Thamor Khraeng. The word Thamor is a Khmer word meaning stone. In the reign of King Rama IV, the temple was renamed after the name of Prince Phitakdeves, who restored it. Its ordination hall houses the principal Buddha statue, Phra Phutthadevaraj Patimakorn, which is in the posture of subduing the Mara. Made in the Dvaravati period, it consists of metal and is covered with gold lacquer. On the interior walls are beautiful murals including the gathering of the Deva (guardian spirits), the Lord Buddha’s previous life as Phra Suvarnasam and monks looking at dead bodies. Behind the principal Buddha statue is the painting of this temple in the past before this ordination hall was constructed. Phra Vihara (prayer hall) enshrines nine Buddha statues of nine periods.
“This canal was dug with the aim of expanding the city,” said Rapeepat Ketkosol, an official at Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) tourism division. According to him, the canal is about 6km long. It was 3m deep initially, but grew shallower over time. It is now just over 2m deep.
On April 1 this year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the BMA to seek to develop Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem as a transportation and tourism route.
Archaeological discoveries keep confirming that there was a thriving community here long before Stamford Raffles “created” Singapore in the 19th century. The latest evidence suggests that Temasek, or ancient Singapore, could have had an established government with a head ruler or chieftain way back in the late 14th century.
In unearthing this evidence during a dig at Empress Place, archaeologists have shed light on gaps in knowledge of the past. Singapore’s history was supposed to have begun with the providential role of colonials who made it a functional landing post. The evidence suggests otherwise. In digging it up, the archaeological team has provided additional proof of Singapore’s international provenance as well. It has discovered Chinese imperial-grade ceramics produced between 1375 and 1425. These had been bestowed by the Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu on overseas leaders. Although Raffles undoubtedly gave Singapore a new lease of life as a commercial city, one that lasts to this day, he was not the originator of Singapore. To say that it had flourished before him does not detract from his importance but places it in historical perspective.
The general museum of the central Quang Binh Province yesterday announced the discovery of a lithophone.
Farmer Pham Dinh Huyen was digging in his garden in Cu Nam Commune in the province’s Bo Trach District, when he found 20 unique rock pieces 2m below the surface. The rocks produced musical sounds when Huyen hit them with a hammer.
Several lithophone sets have been found in the northern-central Phu Yen Province and Central Highlands region.
The conservation centre in Hue yesterday opened a new section inside the former Imperial Citadel to display the ambience of the queen mothers under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).
The area was used as a waiting lounge for guests who paid visits to the queen mothers in Dien Tho Palace, part of a harem designated for queen mothers.
The items on display include a wooden rickshaw that the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre bought at an auction in France for US$100,000.
The rickshaw was used by Queen Mother Tu Minh, who was given it as a gift by her son, King Thanh Thai, (1879-1954) for the queen to move around inside the vast palace.
Thousands more antiques, artefacts and other valuables have been seized from imprisoned former Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Pongpat Chayapan in raids on two houses in Nonthaburi province and handed over to the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to be auctioned off.
The valuables were seized from a four-storey house in Sawasdikan Thahanbok housing estate and the Sawong Antique shop on Chaeng Watthana Road in Pak Kret district late on Thursday.
The seizures include ancient headdresses, lamps, doors and deity statues; an oil painting depicting Buddha’s life dating from the reign of King Rama III; Buddha images from the Sukhothai era; other artefacts, collectibles and ivory statues, and mounted protected wildlife.
The APSARA Authority is considering revising the admission prices to the Angkor Archaeological Park upwards. Current fees are $20-$60 for a one-day to a seven-day pass – what do you think if prices were raised?
Apsara mulls hike for Angkor Wat tickets
Phnom Penh Post, 22 April 2015
The Apsara Authority, the government entity that manages the ancient temple complex at Angkor, is studying the possibility of increasing ticket prices, stating that current prices are “low” when compared with similar destinations in other countries.
Long Kosal, deputy director of the Apsara Authority’s Communications Department, said yesterday that internal discussions among government officials and relevant stakeholders are under way to raise ticket prices, keeping in mind its impact on tourist traffic.
“Current prices are low compared to what the complex provides to tourists. At the complex, tourists can see more than just the Angkor Wat temple, but also Bayon Temple, Banteay Srey Temple. Compared to destinations in other countries, our price is relatively low,” Kosal said.
Sisa-sisa peninggalan Kerajaan Majapahit memang banyak ditemukan di sejumlah desa di Kecamatan Trowulan, Kabupaten Mojokerto, Jawa Timur.
Di lokasi yang diduga kuat menjadi pusat Kerajaan Hindu itu terdapat banyak bangunan kuno yang masih berdiri tegar. Baik berupa candi, petilasan, atau bahkan kolam raksasa serta benda-benda lain milik warga kerajaan.
Memang tak hanya di Trowulan, bangunan bersejarah peninggalan kerajaan dengan patih tersohor Gajah Mada itu juga mudah ditemukan di beberapa desa di Kecamatan Sooko.
Wilayah ini memang berbatasan dengan Kecamatan Trowulan. Meski tak terdapat candi, namun bangunan kuno berupa petilasan dan tembok-tembok raksasa mudah ditemukan di kecamatan ini.