Cambodia ready to nominate Sambor Prei Kuk for World Heritage by end of year

Sambor Prei Kuk. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140820

The intentions has been known for some time now, and Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture feels confident to submit Sambor Prei Kuk for nomination as a World Heritage Site by the end of the year.

Sambor Prei Kuk. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140820
Sambor Prei Kuk. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140820

Temple may be heritage site
Phnom Penh Post, 20 August 2014

Sambor Prei Kuk, the seventh-century temple of the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom built by Isanavarman I, is to be submitted for consideration as a World Heritage Site to UNESCO.

The announcement came yesterday at a seminar on research and conservation on the temple complex, the most important religious centre of the pre-Angkorian era and now located in a quiet patch of forest in Kampong Thom province.

According to Minister of Culture Phoeurng Sackona, up to 80 per cent of the documents for the proposal have already been prepared and will be finished soon.

“The documents will be completed by the end of 2014 and hopefully will be sent to UNESCO in Paris,” she said. “It’s expected to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the future.”

Full story here.

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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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