UNESCO Continues to Help Preserving Cultural Heritage in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, September 26, 2018 —

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office yesterday signed an agreement on the Plan of Operations for the UNESCO/JASA Project Phase V.

The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in the presence of its Minister H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona and UNESCO’s Representative to Cambodia Ms. Anne Lemaistre.

This agreement is to implement the UNESCO/JASA Project on the “Restoration of the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom” under a collaborative effort between Japan, UNESCO and Cambodia and a flagship project in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

According to a press release, the Phase V of the project (2018-2020), subsidised by the “UNESCO/Japan Fund in Trust for the Conservation of Cultural World Heritage” and a substantial financial contribution from the “APSARA National Authority”, is an important follow-up of four preceding collaborative phases, focusing on archaeological research, restoration and conservation efforts of one of the most enigmatic monuments of the Angkor World Heritage Site, namely the Bayon Temple.

The new three-year phase will focus on the study and restoration of the Bayon central tower and terrace, and a continuation on the conservation efforts of the inner gallery bas-reliefs depicting battle and daily life scenes during the reign of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1218) at the height of the Khmer Empire.

By Khan Sophirom