via HuffPost, 13 Nov 2018: Kinda expected that they wouldn’t go to jail, but the vandals will still have to pay a fine.
via HuffPost, 20181113
A Canadian woman who was arrested in northern Thailand for spraying paint on an ancient wall has avoided more jail time, but must still pay a $4,000 fine for her actions.
Brittney Schneider, who is from Grande Prairie, Alta., was arrested along with British resident Lee Furlong on Oct. 18 after they sprayed the walls of the Tha Pae Gate — part of a 13th-century structure that forms a square around Chiang Mai’s inner city.
Source: Brittney Schneider, Canadian Charged For Vandalizing Ancient Thai Wall, Won’t Face Jail Time | HuffPost Canada
via BBC and other news outlets, 19 October 2018: Two of the tourists directly responsible for vandalising the Chiang Mai Gate, a Brit and Canadian have been arrested. Their passports have been confiscated and they are waiting for their day in court.
via BBC, 20181019
A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison.
Local police said Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, has admitted defacing Tha Phae Gate in the city of Chiang Mai.
Video appears to show a man spraying “Scouser Lee” on the gate, part of which dates back to the 13th Century.
Supt Teerasak Sriprasert said Mr Furlong would be charged with “vandalising an archaeological site”.
A Canadian woman, Brittney Schneider, has also been arrested and charged with vandalism for allegedly adding her first initial to graffiti on the gate.
“They will face no more than 10 years’ jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555),” Supt Sriprasert said.
Source: Briton faces jail for spraying ‘Scouser Lee’ on Thai gate – BBC News
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
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 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.
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
A wall at the Banteay Chhmar temple has fallen due to rains.
Rain topples temple wall
Phnom Penh Post, 04 April 2014
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.
8th century walls found at the Po Dam Temple, Tuoi Tre News 20121016
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:
Limestone coffin site found in the Philippines
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
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…
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 â€“ Who Is Wrong?
The Mirror, 25 May 2009