Ho Chi Minh City solicits expert advice on preserving valuable old buildings

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Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

via Tuoi Tre News, 2 December 2018:

Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

Source: Tuoi Tre News, 20181202

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City sought expert advice on preserving decades-old buildings of architectural and historical importance against an urbanization backdrop by holding a workshop attended by domestic and foreign experts on Tuesday.

The workshop aimed to collect views and experience concerning architectural planning and utilize them as a reference point in rehabilitating valuable structures of a city where the French once left their construction footprints.

The event was jointly organized by the architectural research center – a unit of the municipal Department of Planning and Architecture – and Minerva Joint Stock Company.

Source: Ho Chi Minh City solicits expert advice on preserving valuable old buildings – Tuoi Tre News

National Museum declares Manila’s post office building ‘important cultural property’

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via Manila Bulletin, 24 November 2018: The National Museum declares the Manila Post Office building, built in 1926, as an ‘important cultural property’.

Manila Post Office. Source: Manila Bulletin, 20181124

Manila Post Office. Source: Manila Bulletin, 20181124

The National Museum has declared the Post Office Building in Manila as an “important cultural property” (ICP) during the 251st founding anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service on Saturday, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) said on Saturday.

Establishments declared as ICPs are “cultural assets that possess exceptional cultural, artistic and/or historical significance,” to the Philippines, PHLPost said in a statement.

The postal system in the Philippines started in 1767 in the first Manila Post Office in Escolta.

Source: National Museum declares Manila’s post office building ‘important cultural property’ » Manila Bulletin News

China-funded bridge risks Unesco World Heritage status of San Agustin church, 3 others

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via Inquirer, 2018119

via Philippine Inquirer, 19 November 2018:

via Inquirer, 2018119

via Inquirer, 2018119

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has warned that San Agustin Church and three other Baroque churches around the Philippines may be delisted from the prestigious World Heritage List as a result of the construction of the controversial Binondo-Intramuros Bridge across the Pasig River in Manila.

The bridge would encroach on the “buffer zone” required by the Unesco for San Augustin Church as a World Heritage Site, according to Unesco National Commission (Unacom).

Source: China-funded bridge risks Unesco World Heritage status of San Agustin church, 3 others | Inquirer Lifestyle

Tim Arkeologi Temukan Sisa Bangunan Kayu di Situs Liyangan

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via Tempo, 3 November 2018

via Tempo, 3 November 2018: A team of archaeologists discover the remains of wooden buildings in Central Java. Article is in Bahasa.

via Tempo, 3 November 2018

via Tempo, 3 November 2018

The research team at the Liyangan Archaeological Center in Yogyakarta discovered a unit of the remaining wooden buildings on the site Liyangan, Temanggung, during the research period October 18 to November 4, 2018. The former building was found outside the Liyangan Temple area in Liyangan Hamlet. Purbasari Village, Ngadirejo District, Temanggung Regency, Central Java.

The researchers found fibers, bamboo, and wood, all of which were shaped like charcoal and weathered. The rest of the building was buried with material from Sindoro Mountain which was known to have erupted violently and catapulted thousands of material cubes in the 11th century.

Source: Tim Arkeologi Temukan Sisa Bangunan Kayu di Situs Liyangan – travel Tempo.co

Fine Arts Department frets over ‘illegal’ gold painting of numerous temples

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via The Nation, 02 November 2018: Puen Ruam Thang, led by veteran singer Suthep Prayoonpitak, told media last week that it had “renovated” more than 200 temples – including those registered as monuments – across the Kingdom and plan to continue doing so.

IMMEDIATE ACTION is required to renovate the hundreds of historical temples painted in gold across the Kingdom, the Fine Arts Department said early this week.

Source: Fine Arts Department frets over ‘illegal’ gold painting of numerous temples

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

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Chin Tsong Palace in Yangon. Source: South China Morning Post 20181102

via South China Morning Post, 02 November 2018: Interesting story about heritage houses in Yangon built by Chinese tycoons in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Chin Tsong Palace in Yangon. Source: South China Morning Post 20181102

Chin Tsong Palace in Yangon. Source: South China Morning Post 20181102

Ethnic Chinese accounted for less than 3 per cent of the population of Burma in 1881, a figure that had increased to 8.9 per cent by 1911, at which time Indians made up 56 per cent of the population, according to figures cited in Mapping Chinese Rangoon. By 1931, the Indian population of Rangoon exceeded one million, while the ethnic Chinese population was less than 200,000.

Although the races were not legally forced to live separately, downtown Rangoon was essentially divided into three quarters: the European quarter east of Sule Pagoda Road, the Indian quarter west of Sule Pagoda Road, and the Chinese quarter west of the Indian quarter (starting around Shwedagon Pagoda Road) down to 19th Street – now the culinary heart of Yangon’s Chinatown.

A westward stroll down Maha Bandoola Road takes the visitor past still visibly Indian neighbourhoods, with their mosques and Hindu temples; these slowly make way for Chinatown, with its Guan Yin and Kheng Hock Keong temples, and restaurants serving typical southern Chinese cuisine – noodles and pork, chicken and rice, and the ubiquitous fried rice and fried noodles.

Rangoon’s overseas Chinese were drawn to opportunities the city’s booming commercial port offered. While some came by land, crossing into upper Myanmar from Yunnan province, the majority were Cantonese speakers from Guangdong and Hokkien speakers from Fujian, who came by sea.

Source: Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era | South China Morning Post

Priest faces raps for Molo convent renovation

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Molo Church, Iloilo City. Source: Panay News, 05 Sep 2018

via Panay News, 05 Sep 2018: Unauthorised renovations made on a century-old church in the Philippines.

Molo Church, Iloilo City. Source: Panay News, 05 Sep 2018

Molo Church, Iloilo City. Source: Panay News, 05 Sep 2018

The Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) committee on tourism and cultural affairs has recommended the filing of charges against Monsignor Maurillo Silva, administrator of St. Anne Parish in Molo district for the unauthorized renovation of the Molo Church’s convent.

The charges could be for violation of Republic Act 10066 (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009) and the National Building Code, among others, according to the committee chaired by Councilor Candice Tupas.

Source: Priest faces raps for Molo convent renovation