via The Nation, 25 September 2018: A worker was killed during the renovations of a 300-year-old temple tower in Bangkok.
An ancient bell tower collapsed during its restoration at a Bangkok temple shortly before noon on Tuesday, injuring 11 workers.
Source: Workers hurt as historic tower falls during restoration at Bangkok temple
via Bangkok Post, 04 June 2018
KALASIN: A 108-year-old stupa in Kuchinarai district partially collapsed on Monday, killing a worker trapped under the debris and injuring his four colleagues.
Source: Man killed as 108-year-old stupa collapses
via The Irrawaddy, 05 March 2018:
Temple’s walls had been replaced in 1996; officials say World Heritage application unaffected
Source: Bagan Temple Damaged in August Earthquake Collapses
- Renovated Bagan pagoda collapses (DVB, 05 March 2018)
via The Irrawaddy, 20 October 2017: Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the two remaining temples upon to the public for sunset viewing is now closed, after a terrace of the pagoda collapsed following rains.
Source: Popular Bagan Pagoda Closes After Terrace Collapse
Recent torrential rains in Bagan have cause the collapse of at least two temples in the ancient temple complex. The conservation of the Bagan temples are problematic because there are so many of them, and some restoration efforts have been poorly done.
Reconstructed pagoda collapses at Bagan
Myanmar Times, 12 August 2015
The dramatic collapse of a temple in Bagan after heavy rain could have been caused by botched conservation work, officials have suggested. Department of Archaeology and National Museum director general U Kyaw Oo Lwin told The Myanmar Times that the temple known as number 1752 collapsed on August 9, and the spire of temple 1297 collapsed two days later in torrential rain.
Nobody was injured in either collapse.
Temple 1752, which was 30 feet (9 metres) high, was restored in 2003 using new bricks that were laid on top of the original foundations.
U Kyaw Oo Lwin attributed the building failure to the mismatch of new bricks on the old structure during the renovation.
Full story here.
Angkor takes front and center in this piece about how climate and environmental change can lead to the collapse of civilisations.
Angkor Wat. Source: The Guardian 20150114
What the collapse of ancient capitals can teach us about the cities of today
The Guardian, 14 January 2015
An ancient structure at the southern border of the capital Yangon, the Danok Pagoda, collapsed on Saturday injuring at least 30 with an unaccounted number of people under the rubble. The pagoda was said to be undergoing recent reconstruction; however Myanmar’s reconstruction works have been notoriously questionable from a heritage conservation point of view, and now it seems from an architectural point of view as well. Given the tightly controlled media of the military junta, it is unlikely that we hear any more information from this tragedy.
Ancient Myanmar pagoda collapses, injures 30
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 30 May 2009