via Myanmar Times, 18 August 2018: Myanmar company 3xvivr offers a way to visit Bagan without being physically there – the results are pretty impressive and immersive and I’ll post a few links on Facebook.
A virtual reality company offers a tour of Bagan’s pagoda without leaving Yangon.
Source: Bagan by goggles
ABC News, 23 April 2017: Virtul Reality is an upcoming tool to bring old civilisations to life.
In the nascent art of virtual reality storytelling virtual ancient civilisations are shaping up as one powerful application of the technology.
Source: Virtual Angkor Wat and other time travel trips coming to a VR headset near you soon – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Now that 3D scanning is well and truly a thing, A Vietnamese man has set up a virtual museum showcasing sculptural treasures from Vietnam – check out the museum here.
Vietnamese 3D museum. Source: 3Ders.org, 20151030
VR3D launches Vietnam’s first virtual museum with 3D scans of ancient relics
3Ders.org, 30 October 2015
One of the greatest old-world-meets-new applications of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology is the potential for cultural and historical preservation. The ability to document and preserve precious artifacts in their current state, including distinctive marks, surface textures and coloration all in the finest of detail, means that even with the passing of time, natural disasters, or damage, future generations can appreciate and learn from the past. When he was just 17 years old, Quang Tri Nguyen recognized the importance of preserving Vietnamese culture—one of the oldest in Southeast Asia—and went so far as to drop out of school to dedicate his life to 3D scanning, documenting, and publishing digital 3D models of ancient Vietnamese sculptures on his website, VR3D.
Full story here.
A new guidebook on Angkor features overlays that shows how the temples would have looked like in the past.
Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.
Angkor: an interactive map of Cambodia’s must-see temples
The Telegraph, 28 November 2014
An Indonesian company is employing virtual reality to let people visit works of art from around the world using Oculus Rift.
Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift. Source: Jakarta Post 20140516
Virtual museum brings Indonesia’s heritage closer to home
Jakarta Post, 16 May 2014
With virtual tours and 3D scanning becoming more and more viable, the idea of turning these technologies for remote access becomes increasingly compelling. Certainly for World Heritage Sites in danger and/or dispute, virtual tours may be one way for visitors to enjoy sites without leaving a physical mark – Borobudur, Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear come to mind. It might also be a way for archaeologists to study sites remotely, too.
â€œI Know Where I’m Goingâ€ – Remote Access to World Heritage Sites from St Kilda to Uluru, a Conference
23-24 November 2011
This week in rojak we take you on a virtual tour of Angkor and a Jesuit House and see how archaeology is very much like science fiction.
photo credit: abbeyman2002