New book traces bokator’s historic roots

via Phnom Penh Post, 3 July 2017: A new book on the Cambodian martial art Bokator has been published, highlighting its historical significance after its near eradication.

As Cambodia awaits Unesco’s verdict on Angkor-era bokator getting its due as a World Heritage tangible asset of humanity, a new book on the martial art was released three days ago to enhance its historic, cultural and social impact on the Kingdom’s way of life.

Source: New book traces bokator’s historic roots, Sport, Phnom Penh Post

Ishanapura, the Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Southeast Asia’s newest World Heritage Site

Over the weekend, the temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk became Southeast Asia’s newest World Heritage site and Cambodia’s third after Angkor and Preah Vihear. It was known in the 6-7th centuries as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla empire.

Source: Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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Culture Ministry to Nominate Bagan, Mrauk U, Shwedagon for UNESCO Recognition

via The Irrawaddy, 29 June 2017: Expect a succession of nominations from Myanmar to Unesco’s World Heritage list in the next few years.

The Union minister of religious affairs and culture U Aung Ko said his ministry plans to nominate Arakan State’s Mrauk U and Shwedagon Pagoda for UNESCO’s list of culturally significant sites after Bagan.

Since 2016, countries have been limited to one UNESCO nomination per year so the ministry chose Bagan first, said the minister.

The draft report and draft management plan needed for Bagan’s nomination will be submitted in September and UNESCO officials will visit the site in 2018.

Source: Culture Ministry to Nominate Bagan, Mrauk U, Shwedagon for UNESCO Recognition

0.15m visits to Bagan in 6 months | Eleven Myanmar

via Eleven Myanmar, 29 June 2017

The Bagan heritage site in Mandalay Region has received over 150,000 international visitors in six months, according to the Myanmar Tourism Federation in Bagan.

This year’s low season – April, May and June – was busier than last year, the federation added.

Zaw Win Cho, a Bagan-based tourist guide, said: “Tourism will flourish in the coming year. The hotels have received bookings from October to March.”

Source: 0.15m visits to Bagan in 6 months | Eleven Myanmar

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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Wat Phra Si San Phet gets the 3D treatment

Bangkok Post, 28 June 2017: The Ayutthaya temple of Wat Phra Si San Phet gets the digital 3D scanning treatment.

From now people will be able to virtually experience the historic city of Ayutthaya anytime and anywhere, as Wat Phra Si San Phet has been digitally preserved thanks to CyArk, an international non-profit organisation that works in collaboration with Seagate Thailand and Unesco.

Source: Capturing time | Bangkok Post: tech

At Myanmar’s National Museum, bridging the past and future

via Frontier Myanmar, 28 June 2017

A small, dedicated team is doing its best to transform the country’s museums living repositories of history, but it faces many challenges from a ponderous bureaucracy.

Source: At Myanmar’s National Museum, bridging the past and future | Frontier Myanmar

Obama’s visit to Borobudur

Former US President Obama visited Borobudur last week with much fanfare, and it was nice of him to leave a positive note about the continued preservation of the site.

Moreover, Obama also calls for the preservation of the 9th-century Buddhist temple.

Source: Obama calls for preservation of Borobudur Temple – News – The Jakarta Post

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Joy in Sa Kaew as US museum agrees to return stone carving to temple

via The Nation, 25 June 2017: A lintel from a Khmer temple will be returned from the US to Thailand where the temple stands.

About 100 local villagers attending a ritual to worship supernatural beings at Praasaat Khao Luon in Sa Kaew’s Ta Phraya district on Sunday were overjoyed to hear that the Khmer temple’s lintel would be returned from the United States.

Source: Joy in Sa Kaew as US museum agrees to return stone carving to temple

Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam – CNN.com | CNN Travel

via CNN, 27 June 2017: A travel story on the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a day trip from Bangkok. Disclosure – I’m quoted in the article.

Ayutthaya has long been a popular Bangkok day-trip destination. But a recent influx of cool dining and sleeping options is tempting many to stay for the night.

Source: Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam – CNN.com | CNN Travel