A recently-published archaeoastronomy paper discusses the direct connection between the orientation of Angkorian temples with rising and setting of the sun during the equinoxes, but more importantly that the slight deviation along the east-west orientation of most of the temples were in face deliberate.
Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160425
Tech used to prove Angkor’s link to sun
Phnom Penh Post, 25 April 2016
An Italian professor has set about the task of verifying with angles and axes what has long been theorised about Cambodia’s iconic Angkor Wat – that the temples took their cues from the sky.
Giulio Magli, professor of archaeoastronomy at Politecnico di Milano, used modern technology to test age-old thought in a bid to prove the clear orientation of buildings to the west was “connected with the temple’s symbolism and the management of power by the Khmer kings”.
“I only believe in what I can measure,” Magli told the Post, explaining his motivation to map precisely the orientation of the temples.
Full story here; access the paper here.
A feature on the old temples of the original settlement of Bangkok, in Thon Buri, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
Wat Chaiyathit, an early Ayutthaya-period temple in Bangkok. Source: Bangkok Post 20140731
Revisiting the original Bangkok
Bangkok Post, 31 July 2014
It’s probably a sign of increased tourist visitors – five more temples in Bagan have been opened up for sunrise and sunset views.
More temples open for Bagan sunrise and sunset views
Eleven Myanmar, 29 January 2013
Readers in Bangkok may be interested in a seminar at the Siam Society focusing on the disappearing diversity of Buddhist temples in Thailand.
Thailand’s Buddhist Cultural Heritage: The Preservation Challenge
Date: 21 March 2012
Time: 1.00 – 4.30pm
Venue: Siam Society
Registration required, email email@example.com
Malaysia’s Star takes us on a tour of the 10 most beautiful temples in the world – all notably Asian, and half of them from Southeast Asia.
photo credit: Master å¿ƒé“
When faith takes form
The Star, 24 January 2009