Wednesday Rojak #2

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It’s time again for another edition of Rojak! – a mix of entries trawled from the web about archaeology and Southeast Asia. In this edition, we visit temples in Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia:

  • Pigtales visits the Buddhist and Hindu complexes of Borobudur and Prambanan.
  • Zheng He has a blog?! Yes, if you wish to know more about the famous Chinese admiral whose explorations took him as far west as East Africa, you can read more about him on My Wonderful Travellings.
  • Thinking of visiting Thailand? You shouldn’t miss a trip to Ayuthuyya, the old kingdom of Siam. You can find a detailed map of the Ayutthaya Historical Park here.
  • Adam Bryan-Brown posts a lenghty account about visiting the temples of Angkor entitled Marvellous Angkor.

Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

A lesson from Bandung Bondowoso

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9 June 2006 (Jakarta Post) – Report on the damage cause by the earthquake at the Prambanan temple.

Jakarta Post, 9 June 2006

A lesson from Bandung Bondowoso

Sojiwan Temple, also located in the part of the Prambanan compound that belongs to Central Java province, is in an even worse condition. The body of the temple, which was actually undergoing reconstruction, has collapsed.

“In fact, the temple stones had been collected since 1950 and the renovation of the temple had been going on since 1992,” said Guritno of the Central Java Center for Archaeological Conservation and Heritage (BP3).It is really tragic because within just 57 seconds all these historical buildings were brought to the verge of collapse and may well vanish into the abyss of history if nothing is done to fix the damage.


Related Books:
Prambanan by S. Jhonny
Prambanan by Ariswari

UNESCO to help rehabilitate temples damaged by quake

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7 June 2006 (Antara News)

UNESCO to help rehabilitate temples damaged by quake

Antara News, 7 June 2006

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has expressed its pledge to help fund rehabilitation of several ancient temples damaged in a massive earthquake hitting Yogyakarta and Central Java last May 27.


Related Books:
Prambanan by S. Jhonny
Prambanan by Ariswari

UNESCO offers help on quake-hit heritage sites

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31 May 2006 (Antara News)

UNESCO offers help on quake-hit heritage sites

UNESCO, the UN’s culture and science organisation, offered Tuesday to help assess and repair damage caused to World Heritage Sites in Indonesia by an earthquake that left nearly 6,000 dead.

The island of Java is home to three of the seven UNSECO heritage sites located in Indonesia.


Related Books
Some architectural design principles of temples in Java: A study through the buildings projection on the reliefs of Borobudur Temple by P. Atmadi