Fine arts unit reproached for ancient wall restoration

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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.

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Typhoon damage to Angkor Thom repaired

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Angkor Thom restoration. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151228

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

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

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
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Linkdump Sep 2012

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A roundup of news while I was away at the EurASEAA conference in Dublin:

Limestone coffin site found in the Philippines

Limestone coffin site found in the Philippines

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Bad idea: To open up Angkor Wat at night

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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 '08 - 214 - Angkor Wat
photo credit: mckaysavage

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 – Who Is Wrong?
The Mirror, 25 May 2009
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The Hidden Walls of Fort Malacca

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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.

Malacca, World Heritage City

Malacca, World Heritage City

 

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Rebuilding Malacca

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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
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