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

Floating bridge to Angkor Wat temple opens to foreign tourists

Today, 26 May 2017: The temporary floating causeway to Angkor Wat is officially open to tourists, while the main causeway is being restored over the next few years.

PHNOM PENH — A floating bridge opened for use by foreign tourists and local visitors at Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat on Thursday (May 25), enabling them to reach the ancient temple while the original stone bridge undergoes renovation by Cambodian and Japanese experts.

Source: Floating bridge to Angkor Wat temple opens to foreign tourists | TODAYonline

Angkor ticket revenue soars

TTR Weekley, 05 May 2017: Revenues jump due largely to hike in admission fee, but numbers of tourists visiting Angkor are also up.

Source: Angkor ticket revenue soars : TTR Weekly

Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD39.25 million during January to April, this year, up 60.21% compared with the same period last year.
The surge in revenue was attributed mainly to a 1 February increase in entrance fees, although the head count at the gate has also increases substantially.

Preserving Angkor’s ancient bridges on National Road 6

Phnom Penh Post, 04 May 2017

Driving along National Road 6 from Phnom Penh towards Kampong Thom and Siem Reap, one will spot the looming heads of stone serpents – or nagas – on the hundreds of ancient bridges built between the 10th and 14th centuries.

Source: Untampered and intact ancient bridges to stay that way, Post Property, Phnom Penh Post

Minister to address claims of land grabs in Angkor Archaeological Park

Phnom Penh Post, 1 May 2017: Cambodia’s Minister of Culture will address accusations that some officials of the APSARA Authority, recently placed under the auspices of the ministry, was involved in extortion and other improper behaviour.


Minister to address claims of land grabs in Angkor Archaeological Park

Source: Minister to address claims of land grabs in Angkor Archaeological Park, National, Phnom Penh Post

Feature on the stone conservation at Ayutthaya

Bangkok Post, 25 April 2017. The German Wat Ratchaburana Safeguarding Project (GRASP), that recently concluded its five-year project.

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Two pagodas of Wat Ratchaburana in central Ayutthaya are almost 600 years old, but their beauty is still visible due to conservation efforts. The remaining stucco and plaster at both stupas (prang and mondop), the Buddha statues at the Prang, the floral decoration at the east face of the prayer hall and the stucco at a small pagoda — they have been preserved partly as a result of a German conservation project in close co-operation with the Ayutthaya Historical Park and Unesco Bangkok.

Source: ‘Stone doctors’ operate in Thailand | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Soon you will be able to immerse yourself in a digital re-creation of Angkor

ABC News, 23 April 2017: Virtul Reality is an upcoming tool to bring old civilisations to life.

In the nascent art of virtual reality storytelling virtual ancient civilisations are shaping up as one powerful application of the technology.

Source: Virtual Angkor Wat and other time travel trips coming to a VR headset near you soon – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

[Paper] Emerging Applications of LiDAR / Airborne Laser Scanning in the Management of World Heritage Sites

Featuring recent work in Cambodia

Remotely sensed data and imagery have revolutionized the way we understand archaeological sites and landscapes. LiDAR / airborne laser scanning (ALS) has been used to capture the often subtle topographic remnants of previously undiscovered sites even in intensely studied landscapes, and is rapidly becoming a key technology in survey projects with large extents and/or difficult terrain. This paper examines the practical application of this technology to archaeological heritage management, with special attention given to how ALS can support the World Heritage List nomination process and management of WHS archaeological sites and landscapes. It presents a number of examples from published ALS studies alongside case studies from projects undertaken by the authors at Cultural Site Research and Management and the Cultural Site Research and Management Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The paper opens with a review of how ALS has been used at established World Heritage Sites, focusing on the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend in the Boyne, Ireland, and the Angkor Archaeological Site in Cambodia. ALS applications for site prospection and demarcation, and viewshed analysis is explored in this section. Following this, we explore how ALS has been used to support two recent applications: the successfully nominated Monumental Earthworks at Poverty Point, USA and the recently nominated Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape in Moldova. We propose that the detail offered by ALS data greatly strengthens nomination dossiers by emphasizing the outstanding universal value of sites, highlighting significant features and providing greater context to wider landscapes, and is particularly efficacious in delineating site boundaries for legal protection and long-term management. Finally, we conclude with a look at some of the practical considerations involved in the use of ALS, including access and training.

Source: Emerging Applications of LiDAR / Airborne Laser Scanning in the Management of World Heritage Sites: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites: Vol 18, No 4

Land of fabled temple | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

New Straits Times, 15 April 2017: A travel story on the many popular temple sites to visit in Angkor.

THREE decades of friendship! Now that’s something to celebrate. And to mark the milestone, my friend Mathini Raman and I decided to embark on an adventure together, one that we’ll never forget.

Source: Land of fabled temple | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

Even With the Khmer Rouge Gone, Cambodian Antiquities Are Still Looted

The Observer, 12 April 2017: “I went into it because I thought I might be able to afford to buy what I thought was a copy of a Cambodian statue in the window. Then the man named a price which was absolutely incredible. I said, ‘Do you mean that this piece is authentic?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Then you are a thief.’”

An exiled prince tries to recover antiquities stolen from his home country of Cambodia.

Source: Even With the Khmer Rouge Gone, Cambodian Antiquities Are Still Looted | Observer