See Angkor Wat and Borobudur in Lego

via Channel NewsAsia, 27 July 2017: A new exhibition in Singapore features Lego versions of World Heritage Sites, including Southeast Asian ones like Angkor Wat, Borobudur and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Brick by brick: New Lego exhibition gathers together World Heritage Sites

Source: Brick by brick: New Lego exhibition gathers together World Heritage Sites – Channel NewsAsia

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Cambodia housed many universities during Angkor era

via Phnom Penh Post, 25 July 2017: I think a caveat must be made about the different meaning of ‘education’ and ‘university’ during Angkorian times…

When thinking about the Angkor era, it is common for one to conjure up images of towering infrastructure structures, such as the temples of Angkor Wat. However, what is less knows is that the Khmer ancestors were also able to receive high levels of education during the Angkor Empire.

Source: Cambodia housed many universities during Angkor era, Post Plus, Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh Post feature on the Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

via Phnom Penh Post, 14 Juy 2017: The Phnom Penh Post has a feature in Khmer about the Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, the largest Angkorian complex ever built. It is an isolated site, located about 100 km from the Angkor Archaeological Park. Article is in Khmer.

ព្រះវិហារៈ បើទោះ​បី​នាពេល​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ​ផ្លូវ​ឆ្ពោះ​ទៅ​តំបន់​រមណីយដ្ឋាន​ប្រាសាទ​បុរាណ ដែល​មាន​សភាព​ស្រួល​បួល​គ្រាន់​បើ អាច​ឲ្យ​រថយន្ត​គ្រប់​ប្រភេទ​បើក​ចូល​ទៅ​ដល់​បានក្តី ក៏គេ​កម្រ​ឃើញ​មាន​ក្រុម​ទេសចរ​ក្នុង​ស្រុក​

Source: ប្រាសាទ​បាកាន​ ខ្សត់​ភ្ញៀវ​ជាតិ​ទស្សនា និង​កម្រ​គេស្គាល់, ទេសចរណ៍, ភ្នំពេញ ប៉ុស្ដិ៍

First Aid training at Angkor park

via TTR Weekly, 25 July 2017: Angkor Park staff get CPR training

Apsara Authority in a joint effort with a Japanese Volunteer Medical Team launched a one-day First Aid Training session, last week, for 40 tourist officers of the Department of Angkor Tourism Development.
According to the authority, the training introduced officers to the basics and also how to respond if a visitor to the historical park suffered a heart attack.

Source: First Aid training at Angkor park : TTR Weekly

Apsara Authority grants home building permits

via Khmer Times, 20 July 2017: The APSARA Authority released a report detailing the construction permits issued within the Angkor Archaeological Park issued this year, probably in response to its impending decision to demolish some 500-illegally built structures.

Apsara Authority grants home building permits

The Apsara Authority granted permission to more than 320 minor projects to build or renovate homes within the Angkor archaeological park in the first half of 2017, according to a report released yesterday.

Source: Apsara Authority grants home building permits – Khmer Times

Indonesia promotes tourism links

via Khmer Times, 13 July 2017: Indonesian and Cambodian travel industry meets to find ways to co-promote tourism in each others’ countries, notably to cross-promote the World Heritage Sites of Angkor and Borobudur.

More than 40 tourism sector specialists from Cambodia and Indonesia met to discuss the possibility of partnering.

Source: Indonesia promotes tourism links – Khmer Times

Fieldwork Opportunity: Unearthing the ancient secrets of Angkor in Cambodia

How would you like a chance in excavating Angkor Wat in 2018? Two of my friends and colleagues, Miriam Stark and Alison Carter are opening up fieldwork opportunities through the Earthwatch Institute; it is a pay-to-volunteer programme, with the proceeds used to fund the excavation.

The civilization of Angkor was long believed to have collapsed, but recent evidence suggests that the people continued living sustainably in the Angkor region after the empire collapsed and the capital moved south. What can we learn about dramatic changes that occurred in their society by studying their daily lives?

Much is known about the kings who ruled the Angkorian Empire from the 9th to 15th centuries, but far less is known about their subjects: the people who lived and worked during this time period and the following the post-Angkorian period (15-17th centuries CE), the so-called “non-elites.”

Previous archaeological work by the Greater Angkor Project suggests that these communities survived political conflicts from rival kingdoms and multiple periods of drought and flooding. We still know far more about Angkor’s rulers than about their subjects. What were their home lives like? How did they manage sustainable households under such climactic and socio-political challenges? Why did they stay after the political capital moved south?

By studying the remains of households, scientists hope to solve some of these mysteries. Join them on this novel archaeological expedition in the quest to uncover the answers to how the Khmer people endured in the face of these obstacles.

Source: Unearthing the ancient secrets of Angkor in Cambodia

Buildings to be razed next week: Apsara , National, Phnom Penh Post

via Phnom Penh Post, 13 July 2017: Cambodian authorities will take action this week on demolishing illegal constructions within the Angkor Archaeological Park, citing the potential danger to the Unesco World Heritage listing.

The director-general of the Apsara Authority and the deputy governor of Siem Reap announced yesterday that all “illegal constructions” inside the Angkor Archaeological Park will be destroyed next week, with any protests inside the park to be suppressed.

Source: Buildings to be razed next week: Apsara , National, Phnom Penh Post

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Tourism, environment bodies planning to work together

via Khmer Times, 05 July 2017: Cambodian government agencies are coordinating efforts to create more eco-tourism alternatives around Angkor.

The Ministry of Tourism yesterday agreed to create an inter-ministerial working group to promote eco-tourism.

After approval of a draft national ecotourism policy, Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Environment Minister Say Samal advised creating the group to promote the monitoring ecotourism and working with the private sector to ensure eco-tourism in accordance with the concept of “conservation development to preserve”.

“The trend of eco-tourism is developing along the lines of Eco Lodge, a container hotel, and Top Tree House, with innovative and creative technologies and ultimate technology that maintains and does not affect natural resources in forests and nature reserves,” he said,

Source: Tourism, environment bodies planning to work together | Khmer Times | News Portal Cambodia |

Angkor Wat, Bagan to be tourist sister cities

A tourism cooperation will be signed next year between the governments of Myanmar and Cambodia to jointly promote Angkor and Bagan as sister cities.

As part of the ‘two countries, one destination’ campaign, the Myanmar and Cambodia tourism ministers will ink a Memorandum of Agreement to tie Angkor Wat and the Bagan Cultural City, said U Kyaw Swa Min, a member of Working Group Committee for Angkor-Bagan tourism cooperation.

Source: Angkor Wat, Bagan to be tourist sister cities

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