Explainer: the rise of naked tourism

The Conversation, 29 May 2017: Remember when a couple of years ago, there was a rash of tourists taking naked photos in Angkor (see here and here)and other inappropriate places?

The trend of ‘naked tourism’ reveals something more than just bare bottoms – and it may call for some active interventions.

Source: Explainer: the rise of naked tourism

Old school building gets new life as the Bagan Information Centre

Myanmar Times, 26 May 2017: The JICA-funded tourism information centre in Bagan is scheduled for completion at the end of the month and will be turned over to the authorities.

The construction of an information center in the Bagan cultural zone for local and foreign tourists will be completed by the end of May.

According to Assistant Project Manager for the Bagan Tourism Development Project, Daw Yu Yu Lin, from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the project will be completed by the end of May.

“It will be finished by the end of this month. After completion, the centre will be transferred to the government. At present, we do not know which department runs it,” she said.

Source: New Bagan info centre opening soon

Job: Administrative and Project Assistant for Culture, UNESCO Jakarta

Job posting by Unesco Jakarta. Closing date is 5 June 2017.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of UNESCO Office, Jakarta, and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Culture Unit, the incumbent shall serve as Administrative and Project Assistant for Culture Unit, UNESCO Office Jakarta, cluster Office for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste.

Source: Administrative and Project Assistant for Culture | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Angkor tops TripAdvisor list

TTR Weekly, 24 May 2017:

TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for Landmarks, Tuesday naming Angkor Wat, Cambodia, as the world top choice.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks, worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. The awards recognise 706 landmarks in 82 countries.

Source: Angkor tops world tourist landmarks : TTR Weekly

Dharmacakra excavated in Surat Thani

Matichon, 23 May 2017: Archaeologists in Thailand have uncovered a dharmacakra (Buddhist wheel of law) during an excavation in Surat Thani. Article is in Thai.

Source: สำนักศิลปากรที่ 12 ขุดพบ ‘ธรรมจักรศิลา’ ชิ้นใหม่ที่เขาศรีวิชัย

Survey Finds 6,000 Heritage Buildings in Yangon

Myanmar Business Today, 24 May 2017: The Yangon Heritage Trust has identified some 6,000 heritage buildings in Yangon.

A building survey conducted by the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) has found 6,000 heritage buildings spread throughout nine Yangon townships.Of the nine town­ships, four are located in downtown – Kyauktada, Pabedan, Latha and Lan­madaw.

Source: Survey Finds 6,000 Heritage Buildings in Yangon | Myanmar Business Today

Borobudur price hike ruffles tourism industry

TTG Asia, 19 May 2017: The travel industry in Indonesia is complaining of an ‘unannounced’ price hike for admission to Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples.

Source: Lack of clarity on Borobudur temple fee hike ruffles agents’ feathers – TTG Asia – Leader in Hotel, Airlines, Tourism and Travel Trade News

Digitised Burmese manuscripts at the British Library

The British Library, 24 May 2017:

Since 2013 the British Library has digitised some of the finest Burmese manuscripts in its collection, supported by the Henry D. Ginsburg Legacy. To date 33 manuscripts have been fully digitised, covering a wide range of genres and subjects.  All these manuscripts are now accessible through the Digitised Manuscripts website. A new webpage, Digital Access to Burmese Manuscripts, also lists all the Burmese manuscripts digitised so far, with hyperlinks to the images and to blog posts featuring the manuscripts. Future digitised manuscripts will be also be listed on this page. Shown in this post are a selection of our digitised Burmese manuscripts; clicking on the hyperlinked shelfmarks below the images will take you directly to the digitised versions.

Source: 33 Burmese manuscripts now digitised – Asian and African studies blog

The challenges faced by Malaysian Museums

The Star, 22 May 2017: Probably applicable to many other museums in the region and the world – making museums relevant and attractive to people today.

IT IS educational; a way of providing an interactive bridge to the past; a significant tourist attraction.

Source: Challenging times for houses of history – Community | The Star Online

Billboards blocking Bagan pagodas to be out

Myanmar Times, 24 May 2017:

Billboards that obstruct the view of Bagan pagodas in the cultural zone, will no longer be allowed starting this budget year, according to U Soe Tint, head of the Nyaung-U district General Administration Department.

Source: Billboards blocking Bagan pagodas to be out