Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

via Bangkok Post, 24 November 2017:

CHACHOENGSAO: A local fine arts agency defended the restoration of an ancient city wall built in the reign of King Rama III in Muang district, saying the maintenance costing more than 9 million baht was conducted with materials similar to those used in the bygone era.

Source: Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

Typhoon damage to Angkor Thom repaired

The APSARA Authority reports that the damage to Angkor Thom from the 2011 typhoon has been repaired.

Angkor Thom restoration. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151228
Angkor Thom restoration. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151228

Angkor Thom restoration complete
Phnom Penh Post, 28 December 2015

Major restoration works have been completed at the former seat of power of the Angkorian civilisation, Angkor Thom, following damage inflicted to the site by Typhoon Nesat in 2011.

Funded and implemented by the Apsara Authority, the project began last year to repair damage to the 12-kilometre outer wall of the enclosure that neighbours Angkor Wat and was the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire.

“Angkor Thom was the centre of the Cambodian empire for 500 years, so restoring it was extremely significant,” said Long Kosal, an Apsara spokesman.

While Angkor Wat remained unscathed, Typhoon Nesat saw many parts of Angkor Thom submerged, bringing down the walls of the 12th-century site and threatening other structures. “The impact of the collapse was very strong, so it was urgent to repair the wall so that no further damage was caused,” Kosal said.

Full story here.

127-year-old asylum wall found in Singapore

A forgotten wall to a lunatic asylum has been discovered in Singapore, dated to 1887.

Lunatic asylum wall in Singapore. Source: The Straits Times 20141117
Lunatic asylum wall in Singapore. Source: The Straits Times 20141117

Discovered in SGH: Perimeter wall of one of Singapore’s oldest psychiatric hospitals
Channel NewsAsia, 17 November 2014

Wall from 1887 lunatic asylum rediscovered within SGH
Straits Times, 17 November 2014

Explorer finds remains of 1887 lunatic asylum
Today, 17 November 2014
Continue reading “127-year-old asylum wall found in Singapore”

600-year-old wall found inside the Thang Long Citadel

Archaeologists discover the remains of a 600-year-old wall within the compound of the World-heritage listed Thang Long Citadel.

Wall discovered within the Thang Long Citadel, Tuoi Tre News, 20111216

600-year-old wall found at heritage site
Tuoi Tre News, 15 December 2011
Continue reading “600-year-old wall found inside the Thang Long Citadel”

The great wall of Cambodia

Now, this is where the story gets ridiculous. Cambodia has annnounced plans to erect walls across disputed border territories, including over the territory at Preah Vihear. In effect, they’re going to prevent access to the temple from Thailand and try building cable car(?) access from the Cambodian side. IMO, a move to block off Preah Vihear isn’t going to help with preserving the temple or attracting tourists.

Cambodia’s temple wall
Bangkok Post, 24 August 2008
Continue reading “The great wall of Cambodia”