Part of ancient Cambodian temple opens to public as restoration drags on

More news on the reopening of the partially-restored Baphuon temple.

16 July 2006 (Canoe) – More news on the reopening of the partially-restored Baphuon temple.

Canoe Network, 16 July 2006

Part of ancient Cambodian temple opens to public as restoration drags on

An initial attempt to refurbish the monument, one of the oldest and largest temples at the famed Angkor complex, started in 1960, but work stopped a decade later as Cambodia slid into a long civil war, and during the Khmer Rouge regime all the reconstruction plans were destroyed.

Work resumed 11 years ago and, now, for the first time, one section – known as the eastern pavilion – has opened to the public. A team of French archaeologists, funded by the French government, hopes to complete the $5.7-million US project in 2009


Related Books:
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
Angkor: A Tour of the Monuments by T. Zephir and L. Invernizzi
The Site of Angkor (Images of Asia) by J. Dumarcay and M. Smithies
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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