China helps others restore heritage sites

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via The Nation, 12 September 2018: The team from China marks to completion of restorations to the Ta Keo temple in Angkor.

Construction of Ta Keo as a “state temple” began during the reign of Jayavarman V, a ruler during the Khmer Empire (802-1431). Covering 46,000 square meters, the site is generally considered one of the most magnificent temple-mountains in Angkor.The term temple-mountain refers to the style for the construction of state temples during the Khmer Empire, which was influenced by Indian temple architecture.”It’s important evidence showing the transition of architectural styles from the early-stage Angkor sites with typical Hindu characters from India to the later ones featuring local Buddhism,” Yuan said.Ta Keo is also believed to be the first temple built entirely from sandstone in the Khmer Empire.However, when the academy started restoration work, experts had to sift through tens of thousands of fallen stones and largely collapsed halls, corridors and turrets.”We had to find the right stones in the rubble and put them back,” Yuan said. “Everything has to be concise. But restoration is far more than putting the fallen stones back. The bulk of the work is done through detailed research before the engineers start.”

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India signs MOU with Cambodia To Restore Preah Vihear

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via The Times of India, 29 August 2018:

India on Wednesday signed an MoU with Cambodia to help the Southeast Asian nation on restoration and preservation of an ancient Lord Shiva temple, a world heritage site.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held wide-ranging talks with her Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn.

The temple in remote Preah Vihear, which is also known as the ‘Temple of Preah Vihear’, dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD.

Source: India to help Cambodia renovate Lord Shiva temple

Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover

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via The Nation, 06 May 2018:

The Fine Arts Department will spend Bt30 million on improving the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal. Sacred and rare rituals will be carried out at the facility on Monday to mark the start of conservation efforts.

Source: Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover – The Nation

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Reconstructing Krishna at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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via Ideastream.org, 01 March 2018: There is a video attached to the article – click on the link to see.

A 1,400-year-old statue of the Hindu god Krishna is getting a 21st century facelift at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  He was assembled from broken pieces four decades ago, but, it turns out they didn’t quite get it right.

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Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage

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via Xinhua, 21 Feb 2018:

Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, Germany will provide technical aid to conduct a project of conserving the Nanpaya Temple, one of the 389 pagodas destroyed following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 in 2016.

A training program for maintaining and preserving murals in the Narathihapate Pagoda will also be carried out, the MoU said.

Source: Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage | Xinhua

UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration

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via Jakarta Post, 20 January 2018: Some disagreement over a plan to reinstall the chattra or symbolic umbrella on top of Borobudur.

The University of Indonesia’s (UI) archaeology professor, Agus Aris Munandar, said there needed to be a thorough study prior to restoring the chattra (an umbrella-shaped form symbol usually placed atop religious symbols in Buddhism and Hinduism) on the top of the main Yasthi stupa at Borobudur temple.

Source: UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur’s ‘chattra’ restoration