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Buy Wrath of the Phantom Army and help support Khmer heritage

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Wrath of the Phantom Army

While it sounds like the name of a Star Wars prequel, Wrath of the Phantom Army is a comic book produced by Heritage Watch carrying a message of how looting destroys Cambodia’s past and future. The comic book is for sale now on iTunes – and the proceeds will go towards reprinting Khmer versions for distribution in Cambodia.

Wrath of the Phantom Army

Wrath of the Phantom Army

It’s a good cause, for the price of a cup of coffee. Purchase the comic book here on iTunes.

Cambodia to seek World Heritage status for Khmer temple

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11 June 2007 (Bangkok Post) – The Preah Vihear temple which straddles the border between Thailand and Cambodia is the next site that the government of Cambodia hopes to be listed as a World Heritage site. The temple was built by Kings Suryavarman I and II between the 11th and 12th centuries. Ownership of the site was disputed between Thailand and Cambodia, and the International Court of Justice awarded the latter custody of the site. However, the temple is more easily accessible from the Thai side of the border.

Cambodia asks UN status for border temple

he Cambodian government has renewed efforts to have Unesco classify the ancient Preah Vihear temple (Khao Phra Viharn in Thai) as a World Heritage site, government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed Monday.

Kanharith confirmed reports in the Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper that the important 11th to 12th century temple, which lies in the far north of the country perched on the Thai border, should be recognised as a World Heritage monument to help assure its continued preservation.

“This is not the first time the government has attempted to have Preah Vihear listed as a World Heritage site, but now several people in the government understand the procedures necessary to put this case much better,” Kanharith said by telephone.

He said Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Deputy Prime Minister Sok An were leading the new push for World Heritage classification. The government last attempted to have the key religious and architectural site classified in 2001.

Read more about Cambodia’s bid to list Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage Site.

Related books about the Preah Vihear temple:
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places) by M. D. Coe
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford

Khmer sites given heritage status

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03 May 3007 (Bangkok Post) – Three sites in Thailand are given World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.

Sites to get heritage status

Three ancient Khmer ruins and their surrounding areas and a historic park, all in the Northeast, have been declared World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), officials at the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s National Park Department said. The sanctuaries of Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima, as well as Phanom Rung and Muang Tam in Buri Ram were given World Heritage status. Surrounding historic areas were also annexed to the heritage sites.

The other heritage site is Phu Phrabat historic park in Udon Thani.

The Unesco World Heritage Centre has agreed to register both the sanctuaries, their surroundings and Phu Phrabat as World Heritage sites, officials said.


Related Books:
The Art and Architecture of Thailand: From Prehistoric Times Through the Thirteenth Century by H. W. Woodward
The Civilization of Angkor by C. Higham
– Northeast Thailand before Angkor: evidence from an archaeological excavation at the Prasat Hin Phimai by S. Talbot and C. Janthed

China helps others restore heritage sites

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via The Nation, 12 September 2018: The team from China marks to completion of restorations to the Ta Keo temple in Angkor.

Construction of Ta Keo as a “state temple” began during the reign of Jayavarman V, a ruler during the Khmer Empire (802-1431). Covering 46,000 square meters, the site is generally considered one of the most magnificent temple-mountains in Angkor.The term temple-mountain refers to the style for the construction of state temples during the Khmer Empire, which was influenced by Indian temple architecture.”It’s important evidence showing the transition of architectural styles from the early-stage Angkor sites with typical Hindu characters from India to the later ones featuring local Buddhism,” Yuan said.Ta Keo is also believed to be the first temple built entirely from sandstone in the Khmer Empire.However, when the academy started restoration work, experts had to sift through tens of thousands of fallen stones and largely collapsed halls, corridors and turrets.”We had to find the right stones in the rubble and put them back,” Yuan said. “Everything has to be concise. But restoration is far more than putting the fallen stones back. The bulk of the work is done through detailed research before the engineers start.”

Source: China helps others restore heritage sites

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Students learn their ancient heritage

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Heritage Education programme in Angkor. Source: Khmer Times 08 August 2018

via Khmer Times, 08 August 2018:

In an attempt to create a better understanding of Cambodian history among youths, the Apsara Authority and Education Ministry have set up a series of educational programmes to encourage students to learn about ancient temples in Siem Reap province.

Ouk Sothea, the Education Ministry’s Cambodia National Youth Centre director, said yesterday that the programme aims to help promote cultural heritage among students.

Mr Sothea added that so far, students have visited several temples in Siem Reap in order to expose them to Cambodia’s history.

Source: Students learn their ancient heritage – Khmer Times

Angkor revenue up, tourists amount down – Khmer Times

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via Khmer Times, 30 March 2018: Some of the preliminary figures are suggesting that despite the increased revenue, tourists are staying for shorter periods.

But he said the new price of Angkor passes, accommodation services have seen tourists stay for shorter periods, apparently because of the high ticket costs.

“We cannot say this is affected by the new prices, as we can see number of tourists to the park and income from the sector is high from the government’s figure,” he said.

“But we are in the sector. We have seen our sales, especially for bookings for tourists, are mostly in the short-stay categories.”

Source: Angkor revenue up, tourists amount down – Khmer Times

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[Lecture] Common Heritage through Ancient Communication Networks in Mainland Southeast Asia

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Readers in Bangkok may be interested in this talk by Dr Surat Lertlum on 18 January 2018:

Since 2005, Thai and Khmer scholars have conducted research utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches, including archaeology, anthropology, geo-informatics, geo-physics and information technology, with the continued and generous support of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF). At the outset, the study focused on the royal roads from Angkor. The work of the international team has benefited from the results of remote sensing surveys, which have significantly helped the systematic ground trusting conducted during several campaigns in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. The team, consisting of experts from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, subsequently expanded the scope of its study to identify the cultural relationships involving Mainland Southeast Asia, based on ancient communication networks. This presentation will be centered on the cross-border, multi-disciplinary research on ancient communication networks in Mainland Southeast Asia, aimed at identifying all the remaining sections of ancient roads and communication networks in the region. The discussion will extend to cities connected by ancient roads and trails, as well as waterways serving as communication networks, revealing physical evidence of cultures interconnected by a complex range of different communication systems and the common heritage that ensued from these ancient networks.

Common Heritage through Ancient Communication Networks in Mainland Southeast Asia. A Talk by Surat Lertlum