via Bangkok Post, 24 November 2017:
The APSARA Authority reports that the damage to Angkor Thom from the 2011 typhoon has been repaired.
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.
A forgotten wall to a lunatic asylum has been discovered in Singapore, dated to 1887.
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
A wall at the Banteay Chhmar temple has fallen due to rains.
Remains of an 8th century wall are discovered during restoration work of a collapsed Cham tower. They are believed to be part of the stairway to the tower.
Ancient Cham walls dug up in Binh Thuan
Tuoi Tre News, 16 October 2012
A roundup of news while I was away at the EurASEAA conference in Dublin:
Archaeologists discover the remains of a 600-year-old wall within the compound of the World-heritage listed Thang Long Citadel.
600-year-old wall found at heritage site
Tuoi Tre News, 15 December 2011
Here’s a bit of worrying news from Siem Reap. It seems that the tourism authorities want to extend visiting hours to the Angkor temples to night time in a bid to get more tourists and their dollars. I wonder what kind of infrastructural change facilitating night visits will entail – the construction of proper walking tracks so visitors don’t go literally feeling their way around? What about the placement of lights? The second story reports about how some agency (not sure who, the blame’s still being shifted around) had drilled holes into the walls of Angkor Wat for the installation of lightbulbs. It sounds like every conservationist’s fears about preserving the site is coming true…
Cambodia may open Angkor Wat at night for visits
AP, via the Star, 26 May 2009
Holes are drilled into the angkor wat temple to attach electric bulbs â€“ Who Is Wrong?
The Mirror, 25 May 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I was in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca for a short holiday – it’s a popular tourist spot for quick getways, a mere 2-3 hours away from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, great food and plenty of sights to see. With the new World Heritage listing, the town has spruced itself up pretty well. The last time I was there, which was two years ago, I narrowly missed out on the discovery of the ancient walls of Fort Malacca. This time round, I knew it had to be on my list of things to see.
The historic city of Malacca is given a boost in authenticity through the restoration of some of the ancient walls that was unearthed two years ago. Not everyone thinks that the restoration is accurate, however. By some strange coincidence, I was also in Malacca this week and I took some pictures of the said walls and bastion. More on that next week.
For a walk down historic Malacca
The Star, 06 October 2008