THE KOH KER PROJECT AND THE MUSEUM OF GOLD IN BUDAPEST

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THE MAIN AIM WAS TO HOLD TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PRESS AND MEDIA AN UPDATE  CONCERNING THE PROJECT OF THE  KOH KER TERRITORIAL DELIMITATION.

The collector,  private owner of this fascinating South-East Asian Gold Museum is Mr. István Zelnik.

Director-general Róbert Kuszinger, Head Lidar-project, also director-general of the Museum of Gold, Dr. Zsuzsanna Renner, Director-General – Research institute in Southeast Asia

At the beginning was an update by giving to an overview of the ongoing Koh Ker Project.

Timetable of the project

Cultural heritage protection and archaeological program starts in Cambodia.

2009,  was the year when the research institution in Southeast Asia was established.

2011 roving excavations.

December, 2011 – Jayavarman the 7th, King of the Khmers “khmer” inscribed, gold-plated silver bowl donated to  Cambodia.

Then followed the contract that stood for an International co-operation between the University of Australia at/in   Sydney. The contract  all covered expertise within the co-operation with: Khmer, Chinese,  Australian and French experts. We we were also told the Hungarian party of the Koh Ker project has indeed a string and successful co-operation with Mr.Evans Damian, U. of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (see more at:

http://www.wennergren.org/grantees/evans-damian-harold.

Since April, 2012 the Lidar-program (Light Detection and Ranging)   place.

During the press gathering screened maps and updates of the “closed” territory was well illustrated. As it was pointed out  the works are pretty hard, since they could have  only manage to map the places that were free of mines, but was happy to say they have implemented an air vision method to be able to get shots of places, temples that cannot be reached by foot. Anyway the track signs have to be taken seriously, that is why they are there, so they are  safe to follow.  With the  Tourism,  it seems like it is getting geared up, more-and-more agencies deal with having tours to Koh Ker.

To not only have the frame but to see th picture inside the frame, here is  the background in-brief of  MrIstván Zelnik’s  Southeast Asian Gold Museum. Mr. István Zelnik, the founder and owner of the Museum of Gold aim was to established and maintaining a museum, a  library of art concerning Southeast Asia. The museum is operated by the Hungarian Indochina Co. Ltd.

Mr. Zelnik, who was also present at the press gathering added a couple of thoughts by saying: “Unfortunately had to realize that some co-workers considered a way to gain a trip and enjoy their time, while others were not able to deliver an international standard with providing appropriate documentation. On the other hand, the field work proved  the Krachap Prasat temple turned out to be a former village community center, and it was not only in the X.th century people lived there, but later on as well. The evidence lay out the proof of the 222 pieces of ceramics, 38 inscriptions found in the  in the temple”

In our world which is rapidly increasing pace of information. Here at the Andrassy Boulevard there is a peaceful island where you can rest in Budapest, and yet you feel as if we were in Southeast Asia.

The Aladár Sövény Teahouse is one of its kind, an unforgettable experience. The only unique tea with specialties you would find in Budapest. Especially, if you are a tea-lover. As the inside area,  the outside garden is a  gem of its kind by having around you conceal statues which if they could speak, they would probably tell fascinating tales of the long-long gone past and its culture. Being a tea-lover, one day have to go back to have a taste or two of those authentic Asian  teas.

Throughout the times of history many individuals said they have a dream and within these people Mr. István Zelnik’s dream to open a museum to share the sights and sound with the public came true in the middle of September, 2011. Was worthwhile to have that dream, cause his dream came true with the Museum of Gold and the surroundings.

On the 15th of September The István Zelnik Southeast Asian Gold Museum, where the collector is displaying over a thousand selected artefacts from his peerless collection, opened its gates for the very first time, to remain permanently open from the 23rd of September. Numerous treasures, unique in the world, await visitors to the villa building on District VI. on the Andrássy Boulevard, Budapest.

On the ‘Ides’ of September the historian, Prof. Claude Jacques, the world’s foremost expert on Cambodia, opened the István Zelnik Southeast Asian Gold Museum in a fully refurbished villa on Andrássy Boulevard.  The one thousand most significant objects selected from the several thousand in the Zelnik Collection are being revealed to the general public from the 22nd of September.

The exhibition presents masterpieces arching across several millennia in nine halls on two storeys. In each of the sections representations connected to Buddhism can be found, standing, sitting or walking Buddhas reflecting the multitudinous aspects of cultic objects. Beside the wall of  The Thousand Buddhas space has been given to stupa-shaped reliquaries, votive plates and ritual vessels. The Hindu representations of Shiva revealed to us are differentiated by ethnic groups and kingdoms. And among the gemstones of the Maritime Silk Road quantities of agate, mountain crystal, amber and jade are enumerated alongside carved ivory and precious metal dress ornaments. Through gold artefacts in particular, the exhibition represents the range of the high smiths’ art from the mainland and the archipelago, royal and tribal cultures of the Cham, the Khmer and the Javanese. Never before seen rarities can be witnessed among the tribal objects, among them human-shaped ritual objects and masks presumably connected to death and ancestor cults, the golden drum from the Bronze-Age Dong Son Culture and a series of pectorals from Tanimbar. It is, however, not only the display cabinets that conceal extraordinary treasures at the Gold Museum. The Shop, too, offers a range of genuine Southeast Asian antiques alongside its souvenirs.

At the end of the press gathering, we  got an overall picture in the light of the latest researches and learnt that Koh Ker is once again among the centers of the Khmer civilization and promising the exciting discoveries of the past hidden Angkor Empire.

If this update was not enough and someone wish to get deeper-and-deeper here you go:

http://www.zelnik-collection.hu/home

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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