Thai defence ministry speaks out on Preah Vihear dispute

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A minor furore erupted when a spokesman for the Thai defence ministry spoke out on the ongoing dispute about management of the Preah Vihear temple, which resides on Cambodian soil but is only accessible through the Thai side of the border.

Preah Vihear, Creative Commons image by Hintz Family
Creative Commons image by Hintz Family

Army warns dispute could have repercussions
Bangkok Post, 25 January 2008
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Military bungles over Preah Vihear
Nation Multimedia, 26 January 2008
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Disputed Khmer temple to be renovated by Archaeological Survey of India

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19 November 2007 (Earthtimes.org, Bangkok Post) – Preah Vihear, a hotly contested khmer temple that straddles between the Thai and Cambodian borders is to be renovated by a neutral party – the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple sits on a high cliff and rests on Cambodian soil; however, entrance into the temple is via the Thai side of the border. I’m not sure how this move resolves any diplomatic tensions over the site, however.

The other interesting aspect of the two stories is the involvement of the Archaeological Survey of India, which has been active in restoring many Hindu temples throughout Southeast Asia. Notably, it had helped restore the Prambanan temples in Indonesia after it as damaged during last year’s earthquake as well as the Ta Prohm, another Angkoran temple.

Preah Vihear, Creative Commons image by Hintz Family
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More on the Preah Vihear dispute

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06 July 2007 (The Nation [Link no longer available]) – A dispute about Thai military wearing uniforms on the premises leads to the army closing the entrance to the Angkor temple of Preah Vihear. The 11th century temple is located on Cambodian soil, but the only entrance is through the Thai side of the border.

Mutual ties not affected by Phreah Vihear dispute : Thai ambassador [Link no longer available]

Thailand’s concerns about unsettled border issues, which resulted in Unesco’s decision to delay Cambodia’s request to list the Phreah Vihear shrine as World Heritage site, will not affect ThailandCambodia relations, said Thai Ambassador to Cambodia Viraphand Vacharathit.

Cambodia understood the Thai position that there were still certain unsettled issues including border demarcation, he said.

Unesco’s World Heritage committee delayed until next year a decision to put the shrine on the World Heritage list. The decision came after Thailand argued that the Thai-Cambodian border has yet to be demarcated and a joint management plan for the area is still being discussed.

The Thai envoy said Cambodia is well aware that its request was not rejected but only delayed until next year’s meeting, While some local Cambodian media wanted to instigate publicity, the majority of the Khmer people including the government understood the matter.

The ambassador reiterated that the Unesco panel based its decision on the basis that it needed more information and related documents concerning Cambodia’s request about Preah Vihear.

The panel asked Cambodia to resubmit its request in February next year.

Meanwhile a senior Thai army officer said the Thai army has closed the entrance to Phreah Vihear, close to Si Sa Ket province, after refusing to abide by a Cambodian order not to wear uniforms when they visit the venue.

The Cambodian side claimed that seeing the Thai military in uniform will not be good for tourism in Preah Vihear.

One temple, Two countries tussle

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21 June 2007 (Bangkok Post) – The Angkor temple of Prasat Preah Vihear was mentioned recently when Cambodia submitted the site for consideration as a World Heritage Site. The temple, which stands close to the Thai-Cambodia border is in the news again – this time, Thailand wants to have a say in the proposals as well. Ownership of the temple was contested between the two nations until the International Court of Justice awarded Cambodia custody of the site. However, the entrance of the temple is on the Thai side of the border and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northeast Thailand.

Preah Vihear frays ties with Phnom Penh again

Thailand wants to have a say in a Cambodian proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) that the ancient Preah Vihear temple be listed as a World Heritage Site. Adul Wichiencharoen, chairman of the National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of World Culture and Natural Heritage, expressed concern over Cambodia’s lobbying of Unesco without Thailand’s participation.

Mr Adul said consideration should be given to the whole site, not just the part of it on Cambodian soil.

The entrance to Preah Vihear is in Thailand’s Si Sa Ket province, right on the border with Cambodia. The location was the cause of a long-standing dispute over the site’s ownership until 1962, when the International Court of Justice ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia.

Read about Thailand’s claim to Prasat Preah Vihear.

Related books about the Preah Vihear temple:
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places) by M. D. Coe
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford

Cambodia to seek World Heritage status for Khmer temple

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11 June 2007 (Bangkok Post) – The Preah Vihear temple which straddles the border between Thailand and Cambodia is the next site that the government of Cambodia hopes to be listed as a World Heritage site. The temple was built by Kings Suryavarman I and II between the 11th and 12th centuries. Ownership of the site was disputed between Thailand and Cambodia, and the International Court of Justice awarded the latter custody of the site. However, the temple is more easily accessible from the Thai side of the border.

Cambodia asks UN status for border temple

he Cambodian government has renewed efforts to have Unesco classify the ancient Preah Vihear temple (Khao Phra Viharn in Thai) as a World Heritage site, government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed Monday.

Kanharith confirmed reports in the Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper that the important 11th to 12th century temple, which lies in the far north of the country perched on the Thai border, should be recognised as a World Heritage monument to help assure its continued preservation.

“This is not the first time the government has attempted to have Preah Vihear listed as a World Heritage site, but now several people in the government understand the procedures necessary to put this case much better,” Kanharith said by telephone.

He said Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Deputy Prime Minister Sok An were leading the new push for World Heritage classification. The government last attempted to have the key religious and architectural site classified in 2001.

Read more about Cambodia’s bid to list Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage Site.

Related books about the Preah Vihear temple:
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places) by M. D. Coe
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford

Japan, Cambodia to join hands in conserving ancient temple complex

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26 January 2007 (People’s Daily)

Japan, Cambodia to join hands in conserving ancient temple complex

Cambodian and Japanese students studying archeology will excavate, restore and conserve the old sites at the Sambo Prey Kok temple complex in Kompong Thom province from 2007 to 2012, local press reported on Thursday.

An agreement for restoring the temple complex was signed by Hem Cheim, acting minister of Culture and Fine Arts, and Mr. Nakaga Watakesi, head of Washida Japan Organization on Tuesday, the Raksmey Kampuchea Daily reported.

Nakaga said that the Preah Vihear temple in northern Cambodia will be counted in the World Cultural Heritage this year, and the Sambo Prey Kok temple will copy the model from Preah Vihear temple too.


Related Books:
Southeast Asia: From Prehistory to History by P. S. Bellwood and I. Glover (Eds)
Khmer Sculpture and the Angkor Civilization by M. Giteau