New year celebrations see increased tourist to Ta Moan Temple

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The lesser-known Ta Moan Thom temple, another border temple in dispute between Thailand and Cambodia has seen a rise in local tourists for the current new year celebrations. While both sides have a military presence in the area, they seem to be doing a good job of cooperating by organising the new year celebrations together and opening the temple to both Thai and Cambodian tourists. There’s also a small side note about a ceremony to remove a steel cord around the neck of one of the naga (snake) statues in Preah Vihear. The cord was placed because the statue looked in danger of collapse, but apparently some villagers have said the naga appeared to them in a dream and have asked them to remove it!

Calm at Preah Vihear temple, tourism increases at Ta Moan Thom temple
Khmerization, from Koh Santepheap Newspaper (in Cambodian), 19 April 2009
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Preah Vihear talks optimistic; Cambodia and Thailand commit to peaceful resolution

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A new round of talks over the Cambodian-Thai border disputes began again on Tuesday at the town of Hua Hin. While no resolution is in sight, both countries made resolutions to resolve the conflict using existing commissions and to shelve the Ta Moan dispute for a later discussion.

Temple peace
Bangkok Post, 20 August 2008
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Public lecture: Thailand / Cambodian Border Conflicts @ ANU

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A seminar at the Australian National University discussing the current border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia.

Thailand / Cambodian Border Conflicts: Historical and Contemporary Origins
Speaker/Host: Jane Ferguson, Andrew Walker, Peter Quinn and John Crocker
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Temple standoff on two fronts again

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Cambodia contests ownership of Ta Moan Thom as Thailand returns troops to occupy the temple, while at Preah Vihear the standoff has caused a surge of visitors in nationalistic fervour.

Cambodia reasserts claim over border temples
AP, via International Herald Tribune, 12 August 2008

Funds pour into Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 12 August 2008

Tourist visits double at Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 12 August 2008
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Ta Moen temple becomes source of new Thai-Cambodia conflict

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While I was away at the field over the weekend, another border temple became a source of conflict between Thailand and Cambodia. Despite the sudden media interest, this particular dispute is not new, as Andy Brouwer explains, and has been brewing for some time now. Since the breaking of the “new” conflict, both sides have taken measures to prevent any military standoff, laudably by the Thai side who have withdrawn troops from the area. However, in a bizarre (and probably tit-for-tat) twist, they have also moved to nominate Ta Moan temple as a World Heritage Site.

Thais accused over new temple row

BBC, 03 August 2008

Cambodia starts squabble over second temple
Bangkok Post, 03 August 2008

Thai troops ‘occupy second temple’
Al Jazeera, 03 August 2008
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Wednesday Rojak #14

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In this week’s edition of Wednesday Rojak, we have two posts from Cambodia and a little something you could get your local archaeologist for Christmas:

  • Andy Brouwer brings us to Prasat Ta Muen Thom.
  • A dinosaur at Angkor Wat? Find out more in My Paranormal Life.
  • Finally, an ideal present for an archaeologist (or archaeologist to be?) – Martin Rundkvist has a suggestion here.

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!