France to help protect Laos’ cultural heritage

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Source: Vientiane Times, 20190207

via Vientiane Times, 07 Feb 2019: Heritage sites in Savannakhet and Champassak provinces to receive aid.

A French aid organisation has expressed its intention to help the Lao government protect heritage sites and infrastructure in Savannakhet and Champassak provinces.

Director General of the Heritage Department, under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Thongbay Phothisan, said yesterday that Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD) has sent a team of French experts to Laos to set up a project that will preserve some of Laos’ oldest and most important buildings.

Source: France to help protect Laos’ cultural heritage | Asia News Network

Towering success: scientists work on My Son relics

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Restoration of My Son Sanctuary. Source: Vietnam Net, 20190202
Restoration of My Son Sanctuary. Source: Vietnam Net, 20190202

via Vietnam Net, 02 Feb 2019: An update of the restoration work on the My Son Towers by the Italian conservation team.

The current restoration process is regarded as a transition in the application of research on the construction materials as well as archaeological methods in restoring the Cham towers in My Son, members of the team said at a workshop held recently in the central province of Quang Nam.

The workshop focused on highlighting the effectiveness of the technical process used on tower E7 and tower group G. This is regarded as evidence of the efficient co-operation between the UN culture agency UNESCO, Vietnam and Italy.

Phan Ho, director of the My Son relic management board, confirmed the effectiveness of technical solutions that have been used to restore Cham towers in Vietnam, particularly those in My Son, saying that thanks to the restoration process, the relics were stable and had avoided further deterioration, and the towers should withstand the impacts of both humans and the elements.

Source: Towering success: scientists work on My Son relics – News VietNamNet

Chinese conservationists restore Shiva temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Ta Keo temple. Source: Newsin.Asia, 20190130
Ta Keo temple. Source: Newsin.Asia, 20190130

via Newsin.Asia, 30 Jan 2019: Update on the Chinese restoration of the Ta Keo temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Dozens of Chinese experts from various fields including mapping, geology, archaeology, architecture and biology worked together with Cambodian colleagues to overcome a string of obstacles. It took them eight years to restore Ta Keo.

Ta Keo is the second project of the Chinese government’s aid for preserving, conserving and restoring Angkor temples, after the Chausay Tevada temple project that started in 1998 was completed in 2008.

Chinese experts have been working with local colleagues for over two decades to revive the invaluable treasures of Cambodia.

Source: Chinese conservationists restore Shiva temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia – NewsIn.Asia

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Temple workers ‘upset’ with new wage

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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

Bayon restoration to resume

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Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018

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

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

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China helps others restore heritage sites

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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.”

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India signs MOU with Cambodia To Restore Preah Vihear

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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

Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover

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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

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