Most of you would be familiar with the protests going on in Bangkok, which have recently claimed lives due to clashes between the protesters and the authorities. The Fine Arts Department also report that museum visitorships have suffered greatly because of the protests, as the majority of the museums in Bangkok are located near the protest areas, and in some cases protesters have mistakenly stormed the museums!
The Surya Dev bead, a 2,000-year-old depiction of a sun god has been stolen from an exhibition at the National Discovery Museum Institute in Bangkok.
May thanks to Andy for the heads up. The Thai Fine Arts Department is hoping to propose three new sites in Thailand: Lanna, a section of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok and the Srivijaya ruins in Southern Thailand.
Anusorn pushes for listing of Thai sites
Bangkok Post, 17 June 2008
Taking the cue from Laos’ Luang Prabang, the governor of Bangkok wants to propose Rattanakosin, the royal and old city of Bangkok, to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apirak wants Unesco to list Rattanakosin
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A Thai conservationist talks about the recent addition of the medicinal inscriptions on Wat Phra Chetupon , or Wat Pho to the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.
Unesco brings Wat Pho relief
Bangkok Post, 08 April 2008
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The Thai Ayutthaya-period temple of Wat Pho in Bangkok is to be included in next year’s UNESCO Memory of the World programme (Note – not the World Heritage programme). Wat Pho is particularly famous for its gigantic statue of the reclining Buddha – but that’s not really the reason why it’s being included in the list.
photo credit: cheikhyass
Wat Pho included in Unesco programme
Bangkok Post, 18 March 2008
Wat Pho marble inscriptions given historic listing by Unesco
Bangkok Post, 19 March 2008
Note: Full text is up on the Bangkok Post for one day only
Missing last week’s edition of rojak means that I’m back this week with a a double load of links. A lot of goodies from the web this time round covering music, history, silversmithing and Khmer boats!
29 October 2007 (The Nation Multimedia, Bangkok Post) – What is thought to be a fortress built during the reign of King Rama IV (1808-1868) was unearthed during the construction of a government office in Bangkok.
Fortress built in King Rama IV era unearthed
The Khlong San District Office in Bangkok has already suspended the construction of its new building because the planned site now revealed a part of what was believed to be a historically-valuable fortress built in the reign of King Rama IV.
The planned site was located next to the Pongpajjamit Fort, which has been registered as a national historical site since 1949.
“That registration has not covered areas surrounding the fort,” Tharapong Srisuchart, who heads Fine Arts Department’s Office of Archaeology, said Monday.
He joined Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin and Culture Ministry permanent secretary Vira Rojpojchanarat during an inspection at the planned site for the new building of the Khlong San District Office Monday.
While the land on the planned site was being cleared, 98 ancient logs were found.