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.
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.”
It’s almost been a month since the last Wednesday Rojak, and that’s because I’ve been traveling quite heavily for the last three weeks because of the term break and some family matters. On the flip side, it also means that I’ve amassed a few stories for this week’s very belated edition of rojak! Beside visiting Borobudur and Angkor, we also have a closer look at some of the sites in the Philippines.
… the meanwhile edition. Meanwhile? Yes, while much of the focus this past two weeks have been about the inscribing of the new World Heritage sites (including George Town, Malacca and Preah Vihear), life goes on in other parts of Southeast Asia.
Another bumper edition of Wednesday Rojak – well, because I’ve been missing the previous week again. But this week is choc-full of posts from Angkor, Borobudur and other archaeology sites from Southeast Asia. Here they are in no particular order:
Angkor and Cambodia takes centrestage in this week’s Wednesday rojak, as we visit some lesser-known temples and explore the beginnings of the Angkor Civilization:
Saraburi gives a a look at Prasat Phanom Rung at Buriram, Thailand, a 12th century Angkoran temple complex dedicated to Shiva.
Phoenixstorm explores another Angkoran temple, Ta Keo, another temple to Shiva dedicated around the year 1000.
Xander tucks into some grolan, a Khmer traditional rice snack.
While not exactly new, K. Kris Hirst, the archaeology guide at about.com hosts a feature on the Thai site of Ban Non Wat, where Charles Higham has been investigating a series of prehistoric burials that may have led to the rise of the Angkor civilization.
In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) Iâ€™ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!