The Ramayana thru' Southeast Asia

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06 October 2007 (Newindpress) – If there’s such a thing as universal appeal in Southeast Asia, it’s gotta be the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Drs M. and S. Krishnasamy write about how the influence of epic of Rama manifests itself in the countries of Southeast Asia.

Newindpress, 06 Oct 2007

A Sea view of Rama
Dr S Krishnaswamy and Dr Mohana Krishnaswamy

We are at the tail end of a fascinating journey through history, in a time machine that took us back 2500 years, and often brought us back and forth to the 21st Century. We made several trips in 2006 — first, for research and then for filming a television documentary serial titled Indian Imprints to be telecast on Doordarshan’s national network. It deals with the impact of ancient Indian culture on Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. This “episode” is devoted to Rama as perceived in SEA (‘South East Asia’, not the Sea at Palk Straight, which is making waves).

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Vietnam, Laos and Thailand set up Indochina's Heritage Road

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01 June 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A new heritage tour route will connect the historic central provinces of Vietnam with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Laos’ Wat Phu. This seems like a move to keep the Indochinese destinations interconnected in a bid to grab a larger slice of the tourism dollar, much like how Cambodia and Myanmar recently penned an agreement to have flights between their major heritage destinations as well.

Central provinces to go down ‘Indochina’s heritage road’

Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang city in the central region have decided to join forces to create ‘Indochina’s heritage road’, a new tourism product to be launched in June.

Dinh Hai, Director of the Quang Nam Tourism Department, who created the tour, said:

After the East-West Economic Corridor was put into operation, caravan tourists from Thailand have been flocking into the central region. Moreover, the number of tourists from Europe and America who go to Thailand and then to the central region of Vietnam from Thailand is also on the rise.

I attach much importance to Thailand’s market. I believe that the door to Thailand’s market must be opened, through which tourists will come to the central region. Recent surveys all show that most of the tourists who come to ASEAN nations, and especially Indochina, all want to visit the world’s cultural heritages, like Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Watphu (Laos), the ancient capital of Hue, Hoi An ancient town, and My Son. Therefore, the setting up of the tour ‘Indochina’s heritage road’ has been considered one of the top priorities for Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang authorities.

Read more about Indochina’s Heritage Road.

Find our more about the destinations along the Indochina Heritage Road:
The Kingdoms of Laos by S. Simms and P. Simms
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese