via Phnom Penh Post, 25 September 2018: Budget cuts have a real effect on people working in the field. Workers on the West Mebon restoration project petition for better wages after EFEO announced it was out of budget and could not continue further.
More than a hundred workers who had done restoration work at the West Mebon temple in Siem Reap province said they would petition the French Embassy calling for a resumption of the project.
The call was made after the L’Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) centre, which oversaw the project, announced it had run out of budget and passed the project on to the Apsara Authority, a state body charged with managing the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Source: Temple workers ‘upset’ with new wage, National, Phnom Penh Post
via Phnom Penh Post, 26 September 2018: Phase 5 of the Bayon restoration project by Unesco has been funded by the Japanese and Cambodian governments.
Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018
The Japanese and Cambodian governments have allocated $1,5 million to fund phase five of the Bayon temple restoration project, a Unesco official said on Tuesday.
Unesco Culture Programme Specialist Philippe Delanghe told The Post yesterday that the project which is slated to begin this year will be completed in 2020. This is according to a mutual agreement signed by the UN agency and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.
The project is backed by the Japanese and Cambodian governments, with each contributed $1 million and $500,000 respectively, he said.
Source: Bayon restoration to resume, National, Phnom Penh Post
via The Nation, 12 September 2018: The team from China marks to completion of restorations to the Ta Keo temple in Angkor.
Construction of Ta Keo as a “state temple” began during the reign of Jayavarman V, a ruler during the Khmer Empire (802-1431). Covering 46,000 square meters, the site is generally considered one of the most magnificent temple-mountains in Angkor.The term temple-mountain refers to the style for the construction of state temples during the Khmer Empire, which was influenced by Indian temple architecture.”It’s important evidence showing the transition of architectural styles from the early-stage Angkor sites with typical Hindu characters from India to the later ones featuring local Buddhism,” Yuan said.Ta Keo is also believed to be the first temple built entirely from sandstone in the Khmer Empire.However, when the academy started restoration work, experts had to sift through tens of thousands of fallen stones and largely collapsed halls, corridors and turrets.”We had to find the right stones in the rubble and put them back,” Yuan said. “Everything has to be concise. But restoration is far more than putting the fallen stones back. The bulk of the work is done through detailed research before the engineers start.”
Source: China helps others restore heritage sites
via The Times of India, 29 August 2018:
India on Wednesday signed an MoU with Cambodia to help the Southeast Asian nation on restoration and preservation of an ancient Lord Shiva temple, a world heritage site.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held wide-ranging talks with her Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn.
The temple in remote Preah Vihear, which is also known as the ‘Temple of Preah Vihear’, dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD.
Source: India to help Cambodia renovate Lord Shiva temple
via The Nation, 06 May 2018:
The Fine Arts Department will spend Bt30 million on improving the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal. Sacred and rare rituals will be carried out at the facility on Monday to mark the start of conservation efforts.
Source: Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover – The Nation
via Frontier Myanmar, 29 April 2018:
As UNESCO prepares to decide on the ancient site’s status as a World Heritage destination, conservation efforts would benefit from a unified approach that includes the myriad actors involved.
Source: A unified approach in repairing Bagan
via Khmer Times, 23 March 2018:
Portions of the Preah Vihear Temple will likely be restored using aid from China, India, Russia, and Belgium.
Source: Preah Vihear Temple to be restored – Khmer Times
via Ideastream.org, 01 March 2018: There is a video attached to the article – click on the link to see.
A 1,400-year-old statue of the Hindu god Krishna is getting a 21st century facelift at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He was assembled from broken pieces four decades ago, but, it turns out they didn’t quite get it right.
Source: Reconstructing Krishna at the Cleveland Museum of Art
via Xinhua, 21 Feb 2018:
Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.
According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, Germany will provide technical aid to conduct a project of conserving the Nanpaya Temple, one of the 389 pagodas destroyed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 in 2016.
A training program for maintaining and preserving murals in the Narathihapate Pagoda will also be carried out, the MoU said.
Source: Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage | Xinhua
via Myanmar Times, 16 Feb 2018
A team of US experts could assist with the preservation of ancient pagodas and buildings in Bagan noted for their murals, U Aung Aung Kyaw, director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday.
Source: US team offers to help with Bagan murals