Myanmar tourism industry wants protection for colonial sites

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The opening up of Myanmar means more money and more tourists coming in, which means more development – which in turn means the once-grand colonial-era buildings may have to make way for newer ones. The tourism industry is expressing a desire to protect some of these colonial neighbourhoods so that they may be kept as tourism products.

Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012

Tourism sector urges protection of colonial sites
Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012

Historic Yangon cityscape thrown a lifeline
Myanmar Times, 19-25 March 2012
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Vietnamese mummy on display

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The remains of a preserved body, recovered from an archaeological site 17 years ago is on display at the Vietnamese History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. The mummy is of a female, 60 years old at time of death, and is over a hundred years old. (Warning: link has images of the actual body, which may be discomforting for some readers).

Vietnamese History Museum, Vietnam Net Bridge 20110608

The secret of mummy at Vietnam History Museum
Vietnam Net Bridge, 08 June 2011
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US Cultural Heritage Restoration Fund open for applications

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Conservation and Preservation professionals and groups in Malaysia may be interested in this source of funding for Cultural Heritage Restoration from the United States. More details can be found here.

US Embassy Invites Applications For Ambassadors Fund For Cultural Heritage Restoration
Bernama, 05 December 2010
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Preserving Vietnam's written heritage

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A feature on a group of librarians at the Han-Nom Research Institute in Hanoi who oversee the storage and preservation of ancient written documents, dating from as early as the 7th century. To make copies of engraved tablets, they used a plaster made from dried banana!

Preserving the past, one banana at a time
Thanh Nien News, 31 October 2010
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No plans for excavated fort

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Singapore’s National Heritage Board has no plans to gazette the foundations of the 100-year-old Fort Tanjong Katong for the time being. The fort was excavated in 2004 through a community grassroots effort and later reburied to prevent further deterioration to the stone foundations of the site.

Excavated bastion of Fort Tanjong Katong

Fort Tanjong Katong will not be gazetted
AsiaOne, 19 May 2010
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