Banteay Chmar starting to see tourists again

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A feature on the massive temple of Banteay Chmar in Banteay Meanchay province, not far from the Thai-Cambodian border. The site is starting to see visitors again, but it’s sculptures have been looted – including a pair that’s said to be in the garden of a Thai politician!

Another Great Cambodian Temple Stirs To Life
AP, via the Huffington Post, 03 Jan 2012
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Tourist limits on Angkor are 'long overdue'

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I’ve featured a number of number of similar stories like this on the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Angkor. It’s interesting to note that five years ago, the annual number of visitors was like 600,000. This year’s count is expected to be 2.5 million.

Cambodia’s ancient wonders suffer modern ills
AP, via Forbes.com, 12 July 2011
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Historic sites in Manila placed on risk list

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Manila’s historic sites dating to the Spanish period have been labelled as most vulnerable by the Global Heritage Fund, owing to the government’s inaction over development and over-commercialisation.

Forward and Upward
photo credit: Kristoffer M.C.

Intramuros, Fort Santiago among ‘most vulnerable’ historic sites—intl group
GMA News, 29 October 2010
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The restoration of Banteay Chmar

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The New York Times features the restoration work going on at Banteay Chmar, some four hours away from Siem Reap. This temple was built by Jayavarman VII whose architectural credits also include Angkor Thom. Owing to the site’s proximity to the Thai border, many of the wall reliefs have been looted, although some of the stolen artefacts have been recovered. The restoration is being undertaken by the Global Heritage Fund. The article doesn’t carry much by way of images, so I should direct you to Alison’s post on the site where you can see some famous wall reliefs.

Coaxing a Khmer Temple From the Jungle’s Embrace
The New York Times, 03 June 2009
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