Cows encroach into Bali archaeological site

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The Gilimanuk archaeological site in Western Bali was encroached upon by cattle when they were led into the site to graze.

Trespassing cows graze over West Bali archaeological site
Coconuts Bali, 17 June 2016

Cows have been literally going out of bounds lately in West Bali as they graze over a five hectare archaeological site in Gilimanuk, Jembrana.

But we can’t blame it all on the cows. The Jembrana Head of Culture, Education, Youth, Sports, Culture, and Tourism says the owners intentionally allow their cattle to enter the site through areas where the surrounding fence is broken, despite a customary law prohibiting them from doing so. Sneaky, sneaky.

“We’ve often coordinated with the village in order to prohibit its citizens from grazing their cattle here, but there are still cattle trespassing into the site,” Anak Agung Ngurah Mahadikara told Merdeka on Wednesday.

Full story here.

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Jitters over Unesco visit after damage to Hanoi's citadel

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Custodians of the Thang Long Citadel are worried that the recent damage to the ruins will prompt Unesco to revoke the world heritage listing, particularly during a scheduled inspection in June. Parts of the protective wall and soil layers were damaged as a result of construction at an adjacent plot of land.

Damage to the Thang Long Citadel. Vietnam Net Bridge 20110414

UNESCO to inspect Thang Long Royal Citadel in June
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 April 2011
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Damage to the Thang Long Citadel ruins

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Hanoi’s  Thang Long Citadel sustained some damaged when construction works at an adjacent site caused a protective wall to be damaged and mud flowed in. The citadel has over 1,000 years of history and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Damage to the Thang Long Citadel Ruins, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110412

Thang Long Royal Citadel cracked and sunk
Vietnam Net Bridge, 12 April 2011

UNESCO to inspect Thang Long Royal Citadel in June
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 April 2011
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Repair bill from Thai floods hits US$20 million

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The cost of repair to historic and archaeological sites from damage caused by the recent floods in Thailand are set to hit 600 million Thai Baht, or approximately USD$20 million. Among the 200 sites affected are the Phimai Historical Park and the Ban Prasat Archaeological site.

Phimai complex....looking back
photo credit: antwerpenR

Historical sites seek flood funds
Bangkok Post, 28 November 2010
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Bad idea: To open up Angkor Wat at night

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Here’s a bit of worrying news from Siem Reap. It seems that the tourism authorities want to extend visiting hours to the Angkor temples to night time in a bid to get more tourists and their dollars. I wonder what kind of infrastructural change facilitating night visits will entail – the construction of proper walking tracks so visitors don’t go literally feeling their way around? What about the placement of lights? The second story reports about how some agency (not sure who, the blame’s still being shifted around) had drilled holes into the walls of Angkor Wat for the installation of lightbulbs. It sounds like every conservationist’s fears about preserving the site is coming true…


Cambodia '08 - 214 - Angkor Wat
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Cambodia may open Angkor Wat at night for visits
AP, via the Star, 26 May 2009

Holes are drilled into the angkor wat temple to attach electric bulbs – Who Is Wrong?
The Mirror, 25 May 2009
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