Global recession delays restoration of Angkor Wat moat

A huge (and expensive) project to restore the moat surrounding Angkor Wat looks likely to be delayed because of the global financial crises. The US$7.2 million project was to be jointly conducted by Cambodia, Japan, Italy and Germany.

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Angkor moat repair stalled

Phnom Penh Post, 13 November 2009

The expensive programme to repair, preserve and protect Angkor Wat’s moat has been set back due to the worldwide economic malaise, according to Mao Loa, Apsara Authority’s director of Department of Monuments Conservation and Preventive Archaeology in the Angkor Complex.

The plan to repair the moat has been in place since 2001, with restoration work to be shared between Cambodia, Japan, Italy and Germany.

But the project stalled because of the global financial crisis.

The length of the moat surrounding Angkor Wat temple is about 6,000 metres. The estimated repair cost of around US$1,200 per metre means the full cost of the project will ultimately be $7.2 million, with much of the work to be done by teams working underwater.


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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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