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A Heritage of RuinsThe Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation$
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William Chapman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836313

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836313.001.0001

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The Future of Southeast Asia's Ancient Sites

The Future of Southeast Asia's Ancient Sites

(p.195) 7 The Future of Southeast Asia's Ancient Sites
A Heritage of Ruins

William Chapman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter offers some predictions for the possible futures of Southeast Asia's ancient sites. With growing populations, greater wealth, improved transportation, and increased levels of tourism of all kinds, it is likely that ancient sites will become further isolated from their original cultural and natural environments and serve as simply one among many attractions for visitors and local people alike. Emerging competition with other kinds of leisure activities and changes in tourism demographics—particularly the increase in numbers of tourists from South Korea, China, and India—will fundamentally affect the place of ancient ruins in the lives of Southeast Asian peoples. Rather than almost defining tourism in the region, visits to ruins will probably become a “singular” experience, a small niche in the tourist trade, and will certainly play a lesser role in the overall economy of even formerly remote sites such as Angkor.

Keywords:   Southeast Asia, ancient sites, tourism, natural environments, ruins conservation, technology

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