New year celebrations see increased tourist to Ta Moan Temple

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The lesser-known Ta Moan Thom temple, another border temple in dispute between Thailand and Cambodia has seen a rise in local tourists for the current new year celebrations. While both sides have a military presence in the area, they seem to be doing a good job of cooperating by organising the new year celebrations together and opening the temple to both Thai and Cambodian tourists. There’s also a small side note about a ceremony to remove a steel cord around the neck of one of the naga (snake) statues in Preah Vihear. The cord was placed because the statue looked in danger of collapse, but apparently some villagers have said the naga appeared to them in a dream and have asked them to remove it!

Calm at Preah Vihear temple, tourism increases at Ta Moan Thom temple
Khmerization, from Koh Santepheap Newspaper (in Cambodian), 19 April 2009
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Finger pointing over damaged temple

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Well, it had to happen eventually when you’re opening fire in a heritage site. A staircase and a naga (snake) statue have been damaged, apparently from rocket fire, and both parties have accused each other in causing damage to the heritage site.

Thailand denies damaging Cambodian world heritage temple
AFP, 27 October 2008

Thailand accused of damaging temple
The Nation, 27 October 2007

Cambodia accuse Thai troops of damaging ancient temple
Radio Australia, 27 October 2008

World Heritage temple damaged in clashes
AFP, via AsiaOne, 26 October 2008

The Phnom Penh Post also reports some hopeful news – that the UNESCO committee is expected to demarcate the Preah Vihear Site at the end of the year, which may put the border dispute to rest once and for all.

Unesco to dermarcate Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 24 October 2008

Central Vietnam yields more relics

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13 September 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – Besides mentioning the three cannons posted yesterday, other finds mentioned here include a bas-relief of a naga, a snake-deity in Hindu mythology, and a bronze Dong Son drum.

More relics found in central Vietnam

Several historical artifacts – including guns, bas-reliefs and a bronze drum – have been unearthed in three provinces on Vietnam’s central coast.

Local residents in Thua Thien-Hue province have recently discovered three guns at the site of the ancient Hoa Chau citadel in Quang Thanh commune, Quang Dien district.

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