Bangkok’s best temples to visit in October

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: October marks the start of Thailand’s high season and most people visiting Thailand will stop for a few days in Bangkok.

Vsitors should be aware that during October the country will pay homage to the late King Bhumiphol Adulyadej. The state funeral will take place 24 to 29 October 2017 with the actual cremation on the 26 October.

This is an immensely important and sad occasion for all Thais and Bangkok is expecting a vast crowd of grieving citizens to view the cremation rites during this period. Read more

Cover up to enjoy Vietnam’s heritage

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 9 May 2017: Hanoi Relic Site Management Board says visitors will be banned from entering heritage sites if they dress inappropriately.

Local media quoted the board head, Nguyen Thi Hoa, saying visitors who wear unsuitable, or scanty revealing clothes, will be refused entry at temples and heritage attractions.

“The move was in response to Hanoi People’s Committee supposedly voluntary code on public behaviour.” Read more

Cover up call at ancient towers

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

KHANH HOA, 7 April 2017: One of Vietnam’s heritage sites, Ponagar Cham Towers, has introduced a regulation to ensure foreign tourists cover up when they visit the site.

Tourists dressed in shorts and sleeveless shirts are being issued with overcoats.

Tuoi Tre News reported tourists dressed in shorts and or sleeveless shirts are now being redirected to a counter where officials dispense lightweight overcoats. Read more

Bagan to make temples quake resistant

January 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 9 January 2017: Myanmar Earthquake Committee will check that pagodas in ancient Bagan, Nyang U district, Mandalay Region can withstand future quakes.

The ancient pagodas were severely damaged during an earthquake last August.

Now the priority is to restore the damaged pagodas and ensure they are earthquake proof as far as possible. The region around Bagan is prone to earthquakes. Read more

Bagan restores quake-hit pagodas

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 27 December 2016: Major restoration work on 89 quake-damaged pagodas and Buddhist temples in Bagan will start next month.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Bagan’s department of archaeology, national museum library director, U Aung Aung Kyaw, saying in the first phase, will focus on 36 pagodas including Bagan’s well-known Sulamani and Ananda temples.

Restoration of 53 other important monuments will take place in the second stage, he said. Read more

US support Luang Prabang renovation

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

LUANG PRABANG, 20 September 2016: Vat Visounnarath, the oldest temple in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, has recently received a grant to fund phase two of an urgent renovation project.

Lao News Agency quoted Luang Prabang Culture Department head, Sisavad Yeladchai, saying the temple received a USD132,000 grant aid from the United States to start the second phase of the renovation project.

Phase two of the renovation project will improve the exterior and interior structure of the main sanctuary including the floor, doors, windows, posts, and the replacement of the electricity system and fans. Read more

Rains threaten temples

August 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 18 August 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture says close to 12 temples in Bagan are in urgent need of protection due to recent rains and erosion.

Temple No. 1752,  built in the 13th century, buckled last week after being pounded by weeks of unusually heavy rain, the ministry said. Only about 20% of the original structure remains.

The temple was damaged by an earthquake in 1975, but a 2003 renovation that cost USD2,029 failed to prevent subsequent  structural failure.

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