NAKHON PHANOM, 8 February 2017: The Thai Cabinet recently approved documents for Phra That Phanom temple that will be presented to UNESCO to officially propose the famous temple as a World Heritage site.
The documents were written and collated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Last week, the Cabinet approved a documented proposal “Phra That Phanom, Its Related Historic Building and Associated Landscape.” Read more
PHNOM PENH, 7 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will file documents to support bids to place Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Khmer Times reported the ministry was working on documents to file for the two temples, but the process is lengthy and could take two to three years to reach the final stage of consideration at the UNESCO annual general meeting.
Culture and Fine Arts Minister, Phoeung Sakona, was quoted saying the ministry started the process relating to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year. Read more
KHAMMOUANE, 31 January 2017: Laos will present a final master plan for the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Khammouane province to UNESCO in 2018, for inclusion on the World Heritage list.
Earlier, officials said they would submit documents this February, but the deadline has now been moved forward to 2018.
Submissions are not ready and officials admit it will take another year to complete in a manner that complies with UNESCO’s strict guidelines. Read more
SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site.
Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by Japan and France, will meet 24 January to discuss ongoing preservation efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the up-coming ticket price hike, due to take effect next month.
The two-day meeting will consist of a plenary session to discuss policy and development projects, as well as a technical session, which will see dozens of experts gathered to identify and provide solutions to issues plaguing the UNESCO world heritage site. Read more
QUANG NAM, 28 November 2016: Hoi An a World Heritage town in central Vietnam opened its historic Hai Nam Assembly Hall for tourists.
Local media quoted Hoi An vice chairman, Nguyen Van Son, saying the opening of Hai Nam Assembly Hall would offer a wider choice of places to visit in the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage town.
The hall, also known as Quynh Phu, is just one on a long list of protected sites under the town’s conservation regulations and one of five assembly halls that were built by Chinese merchants when the town was known as Faifo. Read more
KACHIN STATE, 16 November 2016: Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi, National Park in Kachin State, home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, could be listed as a UNESCO natural world heritage site as early as 2018.
Irrawaddy media reported, the government has carried out an assessments and field research that will be presented to UNESCO.
A team of both international and domestic experts conducted field visits to the areas to see whether it would meet the UN criteria and are convinced they have a strong case for listing. Read more
BAGAN, 26 October 2016: Restoration of nearly 400 earthquake-hit ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan will start after New Year celebrations.
Some 400 pagodas and temples, out of a total of 3,252 across the Bagan plain, were damaged when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar, 24 August.
Irrawaddy News reported that officials from Bagan’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library will be responsible for repairs at 389 damaged pagodas with foreign experts providing support. Read more
KHAMMOUANE, 18 October 2016: Lao PDR plans to submit documents by February 2017 to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for Hin Nam No National Protected Area.
Lao News Agency quoted Khammouane’s Forestry Division head, Sisomphone Soudthichack, saying the process was underway to achieve a listing.
It could take another three years to achieve recognition once the UNESCO accepts the application for consideration. Read more
BAGAN, 10 October 2016: A detailed study is underway to access damage at ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan following a powerful earthquake last August.
Experts from UNESCO and Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library are undertaking the assessment.
Irrawaddy media reported that the assessment phase had started in early September and should finish by the end of next month. Read more
SIEM REAP, 8 August 2016: Cambodia’s top tourist attraction, the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Historical Park, intends to almost double entrance fees, effective from 1 February 2017.
The one-day fee increases from USD20 to USD37, the three-day pass from USD40 to USD62 and the week pass from USD60 to USD72.
It gives tour operators six months advance notice to revise their tour prices that usually include the entrance fee to the park. Read more