Khmer Civilization Talk -- 3 Part Series

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Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
Experience highlights
This three-part lecture series takes place over the course of three evenings and is designed for intellectually-curious first time visitors to Siem Reap or enthusiasts looking for a deeper level of understanding. Led by Darryl Collins, who manages the Collection Inventory Project at the National Museum in Phnom Penh, these talks provide much of the background and cultural context travellers need to fully appreciate the temples and monuments of Angkor. Each of these talks can be paired with one or more of the daytime guided walks listed below. Participants are welcome to design their own itinerary by mixing and matching any and all of the talks and the walks that interest them. Talks: - Part I: Vestiges: Rise and Fall of the Khmer Empire - Explores the historical context for the Khmer Empire from the 8th century with Jayavarman II through the Cham invasion in the 11th century, the construction of Angkor Wat and the fall of the Khmer Empire after the Siam invasion. - Part II: Uncovering Angkor - Illustrates the history of the conservation, archaeological finds and restoration of the Angkor monuments, from those buried by vegetation to those preserved in pristine digitalization. - Part III: Siem Reap Then and Now - Focuses on Siem Reap, the town surrounding the temples of Angkor, and its relationship with the park complex, with a special emphasis of the architecture and local people. Guided Walks: - The Five Gates of Angkor - Explore Angkor Thom, the last capital city of the Khmer Empire, which could only be accessed by five gates (North, South, East, West and Victory), each framed by giant carved faces. Participants will gain enriching insight into the importance and architectural feats of this magnificent gated wall, as well as the lives of the Khmer people inside and outside of the perimeter. - Rites, Religions & Ceremonies - Explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom and selected temples with a dynamic introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Neak Ta and the syncretic approach of Khmer belief system. Participants will have the chance to dissect clues alongside Darryl and envision the lives once lived in the ruins. - Central Angkor Thom - Get away from the masses focused on the Royal Palace area for an in-depth exploration of lesser known temples and hidden monuments.
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Directions
Darryl can meet participants at their hotel or another agreed-upon venue in Siem Reap.
Notes
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Darryl beach
Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
About the expert
- Manager for Collection Inventory Project at the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh - Former lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh - Co-authored and published Building Cambodia: ‘New Khmer Architecture’ 1953-1970 Darryl Collins first journeyed to Cambodia in 1994 with a team from the National Gallery of Australia, to work with an Australian government-funded project assisting the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Exactly two decades later, Darryl returned to the National Museum to take on the role of manager for the Collection Inventory Project. Over a period of 9 years, the project has focused on registering works of art and transferring early French records of the museum onto a custom database. Darryl studied over four years at Sophia University, Tokyo, afterwards spending two years travelling as a curator for “The Shogun Age Exhibition” from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya. In 1993, he earned his Masters of Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. His thesis examined the relationship between Asian Art and Australia from the 1830s-1930s. In the past, Darryl was employed in state and national galleries in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra, and for two years performed archaeological research on ancient kiln sites in Si Satchanalai, Thailand with the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide University and the Department of Fine Arts, Bangkok. For five years, he lectured at the Department of Archaeology for the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh. From mid-2003 to mid-2004, Darryl completed a year-long consultancy with the Department of Culture and Research at the APSARA Authority in Siem Reap. Darryl now resides in Siem Reap and is passionately involved with several transported and restored fine heritage Khmer wooden houses. He spends his spare time writing and researching art, architectural and cultural topics. He has also worked with others to document post-independence architecture of the Sangkum Reastr Niyum period (1953-1970); the co-authored publication Building Cambodia: ‘New Khmer Architecture’ 1953-1970 was published in 2006.
Darryl beach
Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
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