Four Chinese Nationals for Alleged ‘Drilling’ at Angkor Wat Complex

via VOA Cambodia, 09 May 2018:

The body that oversees the ancient Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Cambodia has said it detained four Chinese nationals this week for alleged drilling at the site.

Long Kosal, the Apsara Authority’s spokesman, said that the men were construction workers employed by a Chinese company that was contracted to study the restoration of the site’s waterways, but they did not inform the authorities before they started drilling at the site.

“They are working on waterway restoration from the Mekong River to the Tonle Sap Lake, but they did not contact the Apsara Authority or sent in the request in order to set the location to measure the Tonle Sap Lake. They just came and drilled,” he said.

Source: Four Chinese Nationals for Alleged ‘Drilling’ at Angkor Wat Complex | VOA Cambodia

Angkor’s ‘modern history’ with France reveals the politics of art

via Euronews, 07 May 2018: An interview with Dr Stephen Murphy, a personal friend and one of the curators of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore about the ongoing Angkor exhibition.

The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore has decided to unveil this extraordinary story with its latest exhibit — and in an interview with Euronews.

Source: Angkor’s ‘modern history’ with France reveals the politics of art

Angkor residents given construction permission

via Khmer Times, 08 May 2018: This article is probably in response to the ruckus last year when some illegal construction were demolished by the authorities last year in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Apsara Authority allowed people living in the Angkor area to build 354 houses.

Source: Angkor residents given construction permission – Khmer Times

Angkor Events at the Asian Civilisations Museum

In conjunction with the exhibition, Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City that is currently on at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, there are a number of associated events upcoming in May and June:

Farmer discovers mystery stone tablet in Anlong Veng

via Phnom Penh Post, 09 April 2018

Historians and archaeologists are working to determine the origin and significance of a stone tablet appearing to bear the inscription of a Khmer King’s royal directive that a farmer found last week in an Oddar Meanchey cassava field.

Source: Farmer discovers mystery stone tablet in Anlong Veng

Tourism creates thorny ethical dilemmas. Isn’t that the point?

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?