Cambodia to nominate Sambur Prei Kuk for world heritage status

The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newblog

The 1,400-year-old Sambur Prei Kuk (alternatively Sambor Prey Kuk) temple in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom Province will be submitted to UNESCO for inclusion into the World Heritage Site list. This pre-Angkoran temple was built in the reign of Isanavarman I.

Cambodia to ask UN to list 1,400-year-old temple as world heritage site
People’s Daily Online, 16 March 2009

Cambodia will ask UN to list the Sambo Prey Kuk temple, which was built from 615 A.D. to 650 A.D., located in the Kompong Thom province, as a world heritage site, Khmer-language daily newspaper the Rasmei Kampuchea reported on Monday.

“We are preparing the proposal for UN to register the temple, which was built during the rule of Khmer King Isanverman I, with the Committee of World Heritage,” the newspaper quoted Som Sokhun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, as saying.


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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