via Quartz, 14 April 2018:
A temple, a hat, and a vexing moral question for tourists.
On a recent holiday in Cambodia, as I marveled at the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex, a commotion broke my reverie.
I had already noticed the other tourist involved: a white woman wearing an Asian conical hat. I had snapped a photo of the mesmerizing Baphuon temple with her in the foreground, walking toward it (above). But when she got to the entrance, she was blocked by a guard.
“In Cambodia, the Vietnamese hat is not allowed,” the guard told her.
Source: Tourism creates thorny ethical dilemmas. Isn’t that the point?
via Khmer Times, 12 April 2018:
The Apsara Authority to excavate the northern and southern ponds of Angkor Wat.
Source: Excavation of Angkor ponds set for after KNY – Khmer Times
via Khmer Times, 13 april 2018:
The original bridge leading to Angkor Wat will be temporarily reopened, says authorities.
Source: Angkor Wat bridge open for New Year – Khmer Times
via RFI, 09 April 2018: A radio interview with Cambodian archaeologist Sakada Sakhouen (a good friend of mine) about the recent excavation of the palace site in Phnom Kulen. Article and interview is in Khmer.
Source: ភ្ញៀវប្រចាំថ្ងៃ – លោកសាឃឿន សក្តា៖ ការរកឃើញអតីតរាជវាំងលើខ្នងភ្នំគូលែន មានសារសំខាន់ សម្រាប់ចុះបញ្ជីសម្បត្តិបេតិកភណ្ឌពិភពលោក
via Straits Times, 09 April 2018: Article is behind a paywall
Arts News -In 1931, the French government built a life-sized replica of Angkor Wat in Paris to show off its interest in Khmer art and the-then colony of Indochina.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Source: Splendour of Khmer art, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
via Khmer Times, 06 April 2018:
Culture Ministry announces that officials are planning to restore damaged heritage sites.
Source: Multiple heritage sites will soon be restored – Khmer Times
via Nippon.com. 06 April 2018:
Award-winning Japanese scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki is one of the world’s leading authorities on Khmer inscriptions of the Angkor period (802–1431). His honors include the Ramon Magsaysay Award, sometimes described as the “Asian Nobel,” for his contributions over the course of half a century in restoring to the Cambodian people a sense of pride in their cultural heritage. We spoke to him about his long career working on the monuments at Angkor and his efforts to train a new generation of Cambodian conservators.
Source: Restoring Angkor Wat: An Interview with Japanese Scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki
via Phnom Penh Post, 09 April 2018:
An archaeological dig drawing to a close this week at Siem Reap’s Phnom Kulen has lent greater credence to the theory that it was the site of the royal palace of the Angkor Empire’s first ruler, Jayavarman II.
Source: Kulen dig leaves archaeologists more convinced site was once palace of Angkor Empire’s first ruler
via Khmer Times, 05 April 2018: More on the low demand for flights connecting Angkor and Bagan.
Myanmar Airlines rejects to operate direct flights between the top tourist destinations of Bagan and Siem Reap.
Source: Myanmar Airlines pulls out of route – Khmer Times
via Straits Times, 04 April 2018:
Arts News -SINGAPORE – On Sunday (April 8), the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) opens a showcase of ancient Khmer art from the Guimet Museum in Paris. Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City runs until July 22.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Source: Art from Angkor Wat at Asian Civilisations Museum, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times