Today (April 18) is World Heritage Day, and technology company CyArk in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture have just launched the website Open Heritage. The site contains 3D scans of ancient monuments from 27 sites from around the world, including Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand!
CyArk’s data has already been used for various research purposes. For example, the data collected at Ayutthaya, Thailand—one of the sites featured in Open Heritage—was used by conservators to study the sinking of a temple after flooding in 2011. CyArk’s work at Bagan, the ancient city in Myanmar, Bagan, which was hit with a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake in 2016 that caused damage to several of its Buddhist temples, was incorporated into an Unesco pilot project to study how to best conserve monuments. That data is also plugged into Open Heritage in a virtual tour of Bagan, which shows how the area looked before and after the earthquake hit.
via Interaksyon, 13 Feb 2018:
Centuries-old churches get the digital treatment so they can be restored faithfully once disaster strikes.
Source: Filipino specialists in 3D laser scanning take a swipe at preserving UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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
Now that 3D scanning is well and truly a thing, A Vietnamese man has set up a virtual museum showcasing sculptural treasures from Vietnam – check out the museum here.
Vietnamese 3D museum. Source: 3Ders.org, 20151030
VR3D launches Vietnam’s first virtual museum with 3D scans of ancient relics
3Ders.org, 30 October 2015
One of the greatest old-world-meets-new applications of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology is the potential for cultural and historical preservation. The ability to document and preserve precious artifacts in their current state, including distinctive marks, surface textures and coloration all in the finest of detail, means that even with the passing of time, natural disasters, or damage, future generations can appreciate and learn from the past. When he was just 17 years old, Quang Tri Nguyen recognized the importance of preserving Vietnamese culture—one of the oldest in Southeast Asia—and went so far as to drop out of school to dedicate his life to 3D scanning, documenting, and publishing digital 3D models of ancient Vietnamese sculptures on his website, VR3D.
Full story here.
A project by the World Monuments Fund to renovate the Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery in Mandalay begins with a 3D scan of the site.
Source: The Irrawaddy 20140505
Virtual Modeling to Help Save Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery
The Irrawaddy, 05 May 2014
Archaeological sites in Thailand will soon be scanned with a 3D laser scanner, starting with Wat Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya.
US sending 3-D scanners to archaeological sites, starting with Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 21 May 2014
Another article about the restoration of Banteay Chhmar. The restorers are attempting to take 3D scans of all the blocks and piece them back together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Banteay Chmar, Wikimedia Commons
Cambodia’s lost temple, reclaimed from the jungle after 800 years
The Independent, 08 January 2012
Vietnam’s Ministry of Tourism Sports and Culture is embarking on a massive project to digitally scan buildings and objects with a 3D laser scanner to create virtual models of all its historic and archaeological treasures.
Forty thousand relics to be digitized in five years
Thanh Nien News, 19 November 2010
A Korean institute presents a digital recreation of the imperial city of Hue as part of a heritage preservation project between Korea and Vietnam.
RoK institute makes 3D film on Hueâ€™s relic site
VOV News, 02 June 2010
In this edition of rojak, we feature not one, but two digital recreations of ancient sites in Cambodia, along with other interesting things picked up from the web on the archaeology of Southeast Asia.