via The Star, 08 April 2019: Food ban in the Angkor temples
Cambodia is asking visitors of its famed Angkor Wat complex to stop bringing in outside food in an effort to limit littering at the home of the Unesco World Heritage-listed site.
A new rule prohibits tourists from bringing in packaged food during sunrise or sunset visits to the temples, where food remains and rubbish are often left behind by many of the complex’s few million annual visitors.
No penalties will be enforced, however, says Long Kosal, spokesman for Apsara Authority, which manages the 400sq km Angkor Archaeological Park.
“Of course, you can bring in the food but you have to find a suitable place to consume your food,” Kosal says, explaining that people should not eat inside or near temples, which are sacred religious sites.
Read more at https://www.star2.com/travel/2019/04/08/stop-bringing-outside-food-angkor-wat/#MmaGp97ix4RZ2P70.99
via Phnom Penh Post, 08 April 2019: Excavations in Prey Veng province.
Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient graves in Tnort Tret village, in Prey Veng town’s Takor commune, concluding that the tombs date from the Funan era between the first and fifth centuries AD.
Funan is the name given to an Indianised Southeast Asian state centred on the Mekong Delta that existed in that period.
Voeun Vuthy, director of the Archaeology and Prehistory Department at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said six archaeologists excavated the location, found at the construction site for a road, for 10 days and uncovered the tombs. The dig in Prey Veng province was completed last Tuesday.
via China Daily, 04 April 2019: Chinese soft power playing out in Southeast Asia through cultural heritage preservation.
In an interview with Xinhua News Agency in January, Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona thanked the Chinese government for supporting her country in preserving its national heritage. She also expressed hope for skills exchanges through such collaboration.
“We’re confident in the abilities of Chinese experts, and through these projects, we hope that Cambodian experts will be capable of renovating temples by themselves in the future,” Sackona said.
China became involved at Angkor after joining the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor, also known as ICCAngkor, an international campaign launched by Cambodia and UNESCO in 1993. It also funded years of excavation and renovation of the Ta Keo Temple at Angkor, which was built about 1,000 years ago.
via Phnom Penh Post, 01 April 2019: An ongoing drought in Cambodia has raised concerns over the structural integrity of the Angkor monuments, as fears of the moat drying up may destabilise the temples.
A historian has raised fears that the drought currently gripping Cambodia could affect the foundations of the Kingdom’s globally renowned Angkor Wat, while the temple complex’s Apsara Authority management has said that, while it was prepared, it was not expecting such a problem.
Diep Sophal, a professor of history at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said if the water in Angkor Wat’s iconic moat was to dry out to such a degree that the temple’s foundations were exposed, the resulting natural degradation could lead to the building’s structural integrity being compromised.
He also expressed concern that the loss of the moat would discourage tourists from visiting the Unesco World Heritage Site.
via Khmer Times, 02 April 2019: Earlier there was a story that tourist visits were down 7.7% at the end of February, and the revenue sales from the first quarter seems to be consistent with this drop, about 9%. The tourist authorities have attributed the drop to the hot season.
Revenue from ticket sales at the Angkor Archaeological Park declined by 9.3 percent during the first quarter of the year, reaching only $35.9 million.
This marks the first time revenue has dropped since the government took over ticket sales in 2016.
From January to March, the number of foreign visitors to the Angkor Archaeological Park, which includes the famed Unesco-listed Angkor temples, declined 8.2 percent, with just 787,900 foreign tourists visiting the complex, according to a statement released yesterday by the state-run Angkor Enterprise Institute, which manages ticket sales.
via TV5Monde, 10 Mar 2019: News video about excavations in Laang Spean. Video is in French.
Au Cambodge, la mission préhistorique franco-cambodgienne a mis à jour des vestiges d’occupation humaine, parmi les plus anciens de toute l’Asie du Sud-Est. Des découvertes archéologiques rendues possibles après dix ans de travail. Chaque annnée depuis 2009, l’équipe s’est rendue pendant un mois dans la région de Battambang. Aujourd’hui, le chantier touche à sa fin. Reportage dans la grotte de Laang Spean.
via Phnom Penh Post, 13 March 2019: 10th century inscription found in Camboidia’s Svay Rieng province.
A more than 1,000-year-old inscription stone, made during the reign of Jayavarman IV between 921 and 941, was handed over by a local pagoda to the Svay Rieng provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday for preservation.
Deputy department director Puth Sophanny told The Post on Tuesday that a woman from Svay Teap district’s Prasout commune had handed the ancient artefact to a former chief of Porthimony pagoda in 2011 in order to keep it safe, thinking that the stone was a “holy and God-possessed” object.
“Until now, no one knew the stone was 1,000 years old. The inscription could not be read or translated.”
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