The sad state of Gua Tambun

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Vandalism at Gua Tambun

These news stories were posted by Liz Price in a comment on the recent post about Gua Tambun, but I have a particular interest in the site so I’m re-posting them here. Graffiti has always been a problem ever since the site was open to public in the 1970s.

Vandalism at Gua Tambun

Vandalism at Gua Tambun

Heritage site not treasured
The Star, 09 April 2014

Walls of Gua Tambun vandalised with paint and sketches
The Star, 05 April 2014

Gua Tambun jadi mangsa vandalisme
Sinar Harian, 05 April 2014
Article is in Bahasa Malaysia
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Applications open for the 2013 German-Cambodian Conservation School

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An opportunity for museum professionals in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to get training in museum conservation techniques.

Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh

Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh

In co-operation with the German Archaeological Institute, the German Apsara Conservation Project and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz, the GCCS organizes 6-weeks-courses for two participants per course in restoration and conservation of archaeological objects. During the first 5 weeks, the participants get to know the basics in bronze, iron and ceramic conservation in the lab of the Memot Centre. The leading teacher is Ms Seng Sonetra assisted by Mr Tuy Sophea. Then the participants change to Angkor Vat where the team of Prof. Hans Leisen gives a 1-week introduction in stone conservation techniques.

More details here.

Lenggong Valley needs much work for 2014 deadline

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Local experts caution the need for proper management in order for the Lenggong Valley archaeological area to be ready for a 2014 deadline for its World Heritage Site inscription. Among the chief problems are the lack of adequate protections for the numerous archaeological sites in the area, and proper infrastructure in order to facilitate safe and non-invasive tourist access to these areas.

Preserving Lenggong Valley
The Star, 04 Sep 2012
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Vietnam, India strengthen links over archaeology

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Vietnam and India strengthen archaeological cooperation over a conference about the My Son Sanctuary last week, where India pledged aid to help conserve the world heritage site.

Cham form cultural link to India [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 27 June 2012

Cham civilisations in the spotlight [Link no longer active]
VNA, via Tuoi Tre News, 27 June 2012

India helps to restore My Son heritage site [Link no longer active]
VNA, via Tuoi Tre News, 22 June 2012

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Myanmar tourism industry wants protection for colonial sites

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The opening up of Myanmar means more money and more tourists coming in, which means more development – which in turn means the once-grand colonial-era buildings may have to make way for newer ones. The tourism industry is expressing a desire to protect some of these colonial neighbourhoods so that they may be kept as tourism products.

Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012

Tourism sector urges protection of colonial sites
Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012

Historic Yangon cityscape thrown a lifeline
Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012
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Phnom Bakheng receives preservation grant

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Phnom Bakheng will be the beneficiary of a grant by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to help with its conservation by the World Monuments Fund. Phnom Bakheng is one of the most heavily-visited sites in Angkor, on account of it being one of the favourite spots to catch the sunset from.

Sunset @ Bakheng Hill
photo credit: RightIndex

World Monuments Fund announces two major grants for sites in Tanzania and Cambodia
Artdaily.org, 22 September 2011
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