Preah Vihear’s ancient Koh Ker temple seeks World Heritage Status

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Koh Ker. Source : Phnom Penh Post 20180924

via Phnom Penh Post, 24 September 2018:

Koh Ker. Source : Phnom Penh Post 20180924

Koh Ker. Source : Phnom Penh Post 20180924

The Cambodian government is preparing a proposal to register the ancient Koh Ker temple in Preah Vihear province as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona made the announcement last week at a meeting in Siem Reap province, of the International Coordinating Committee for Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Preah Vihear.

The Koh Ker site constitutes “one of the marvels of Cambodian monumental heritage,” according to Unesco. Sackona said efforts to register Koh Ker might be aided by the inclusion of Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological complex, which was listed as a World Heritage Site last year.

Source: Preah Vihear’s ancient Koh Ker temple seeks World Heritage Status, National, Phnom Penh Post

Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site

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via The Nation, 12 September 2018: Chiang Mai prepares to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status.

THE CHIANG MAI World Heritage Working Group has completed its paperwork and is ready to make its submission this month to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to make Chiang Mai a world heritage city, Woralun Boonyasurat, head of the Thai Art Department at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, said yesterday.

Source: Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site

See also:

  • Chiang Mai World Heritage to File Submission to UNESCO (Chiang Mai City News, 14 Sep 2018)

Bagan and the World Heritage list countdown

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via Frontier Myanmar, 30 August 2018

Nyein Su Wai Kyaw Soe | Frontier

Nyein Su Wai Kyaw Soe | Frontier

After years of challenges and controversy, a UNESCO committee will decide next year whether to grant World Heritage listing to Bagan – but hotel development in the archaeological zone remains a thorny and unresolved issue.

Source: Bagan and the World Heritage list countdown | Frontier Myanmar

Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid

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via Myanmar Times, 15 August 2018: Garden construction in Bagan temples may potentially affect the bid to nominate them into the World Heritage register. This adds to the number of issues previously highlighted in the nomination of Bagan with modern constructions (such as here and here).

Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.

Source: Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid

Jakarta’s Old Town to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage

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Indonesia has kicked off the process to nominate Jakarta’s Old Town – Kota Tua – into the World Heritage list.

Kota Tua, Jakarta

Kota Tua strong contender in UNESCO heritage nominees list
Jakarta Post, 04 February 2015

After months of preparation by the city administration and the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), North Jakarta’s Kota Tua has officially been nominated as Indonesia’s representative for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List of significant cultural and natural sites.

Kota Tua has passed the first of many steps required for a site to be selected as a World Heritage Site. Once the site is nominated, a committee will draft a nomination file, which will be submitted to UNESCO for its advisory bodies to review its authenticity and importance.

The advisory bodies then send the applications to the World Heritage Committee for a final review.

Full story here.

Doors stand in the way of World Heritage listing

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The northern province of Batanes is just about ready to be nominated for World Heritage Site listing because of a continuous occupation lasting 2,400 years, but some of the stone door-less houses that make Batanes unique are also seen by the locals as markers of poverty.
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