World Heritage Angkor and Beyond

World Heritage Angkor and Beyond

By Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin
Book Description

Angkor, the temple and palace complex of the ancient Khmer capital in Cambodiais one of the world’s most famous monuments. Hundreds of thousands oftourists from all over the globe visit Angkor Park, one of the finest UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites, every year. Since its UNESCO listing in 1992, the Angkor regionhas experienced an overwhelming mushrooming of hotels and restaurants; theinfrastructure has been hardly able to cope with the rapid growth of mass tourismand its needs. This applies to the access and use of monument sites as well.The authors of this book critically describe and analyse the heritage nominationprocesses in Cambodia, especially in the case of Angkor and the temple ofPreah Vihear on the Cambodian/Thai border. They examine the implications theUNESCO listings have had with regard to the management of Angkor Park andits inhabitants on the one hand, and to the Cambodian/Thai relationships on theother. Furthermore, they address issues of development through tourism thatUNESCO has recognised as a welcome side-effect of heritage listings. They raisethe question whether development through tourism deepens already existinginequalities rather than contributing to the promotion of the poor.

Table of Contents
  • Titelei
  • Content
  • Foreword
  • I. Nominations and their Histories
    • World Heritage Making in Angkor. Global, Regional, National and Local Actors, Interplays and Implications (Keiko Miura)
    • Preah Vihear. From Object of Colonial Desire to a Contested World Heritage Site (Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin)
    • A Legal View of the Case of the Temple Preah Vihear (Sven Mißling)
    • A Cambodian “Leitkultur”? Cambodian Concepts of Art and Culture (Aditya Eggert)
  • II. Implementation and Management
    • From Property to Heritage. Different Notions, Rules of Ownership and Practices of New and Old Actors in the Angkor World Heritage Site (Keiko Miura)
    • Sustainable Development in Angkor. Conservation Regime of the Old Villagescape and Development (Keiko Miura)
  • III. Heritage and Development
    • Angkor as World Heritage Site and the Developmentof Tourism. A Study of Tourist Revenue in the Accommodation Sector in Siem Reap-Angkor (Baromey Neth)
    • New Chances for Local Farmers and Artisans? Efforts and Strategies to Change the Existing Structures of Tourism Supply in Siem Reap (Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin)
  • List of Speakers and Interview Partners (chapter by Aditya Eggert)
  • Photo Credits
  • References
  • Backcover
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