Apsara Authority puts up signs to foil land grabs

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Source: Khmer Times, 20190218
Source: Khmer Times, 20190218
Source: Khmer Times, 20190218

via Khmer Times, 18 Feb 2019:

The Apsara Authority has been installing boards informing the public on the prohibition against buying and selling land in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area, following recent Facebook posts of land sales in the world heritage protected site.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal on Thursday said it has come across announcements of unsanctioned sale of land in Zone 1 and Zone 2 of Angkor.

“Residents, please do not believe the rumours created by people that some land in the Angkor area can be used for construction,” he said.

Apsara Authority puts up signs to foil land grabs

Source: Apsara Authority puts up signs to foil land grabs – Khmer Times

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Stung Treng government seeks to have Kngok Meas listed as national heritage site

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Kngok Meas mountain in Stung Treng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190206
  Kngok Meas mountain in Stung Treng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190206
Kngok Meas mountain in Stung Treng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190206

via Phnom Penh Post, 06 Feb 2019: Kngok Meas in Stung Treng province contains a number of pre-Angkorian archaeological sites.

The Stung Treng provincial government is preparing supporting documents and evidence to have Kngok Meas mountain listed as a national heritage site.

The provincial department of culture and fine arts and the department of tourism are leading the charge to get the mountainous area – located in Thala Barivat district’s Chhvaing village, and containing remains of pre-Angkor era settlements – recognised nationally.

Nhoch Saroeun, the provincial department of culture and fine arts acting director, said Kngok Meas mountain was a national treasure which must be protected and preserved.

Source: Stung Treng government seeks to have Kngok Meas listed as national heritage site, National, Phnom Penh Post

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Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie’s

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Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie's late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204
Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie's late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204
Bronze (Dong Son style?) bell from Battambang auctioned at Christie’s late in January. Source: Trade Gazette, 20190204

via Trade Gazette, 04 Feb 2019: There seems to be no mention of how the bronze bell was acquired from Battambang.

A large bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell from the south-east Asian Bronze Age was the top-seller at the Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected auction at Christie’s last week.

Made in the Battambang province sometime between the 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD, the 23in (58cm) high bell features overall decoration with geometric scrolls in low relief.

It was knocked down for £100,000 against a £40,000 high estimate.

Source: Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie’s | Antiques Trade Gazette

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Angkor-era pot discovered in Siem Reap

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Pot discovered in Prasat Takeo nursery. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190211

via Phnom Penh Post, 11 Feb 2019: An almost-intact pot was discovered in a nursery in Siem Reap. The pot is believed to have been manufactured from the Torp Chey kiln.

An Angkor-era pot is being cleaned by Apsara Authority Forest Management Department experts after being unearthed in Prasat Takeo Nursery, in Siem Reap town’s Rohal village, Nokor Thom commune, on Wednesday.

The pot will then be displayed at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum in Siem Reap.

The Apsara Authority is responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park. Its spokesman Long Kosal told The Post on Sunday that the ancient pot is in good condition, although its lip has been chipped by a hoe blade. It has a smooth brownish surface, while carvings on it reveal its origins.

Source: Angkor-era pot discovered in Siem Reap, National, Phnom Penh Post

‘Old temple’ found in Battambang

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Old temple or just a natural rock formation? Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190205
Old temple or just a natural rock formation? Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190205

via Phnom Penh Post, 05 Feb 2019: Villagers in Battambang say they have discovered a temple, but it may also well be a natural rock formation.

Villages herding their cows and buffalos deep in the forest stumbled upon an old temple in the Tumnop Tabin area in Sampov Loun district’s Chrey Seima commune in Battambang province.

However, Sampov Loun district governor Ngeav Bunyeang said on Monday that officials could not confirm if the temple was an ancient structure.

He said the Spean Yol villagers who live close to the forest found a pile of stones in a structure resembling that of ancient temples and named it Prasat Neang Kong Hing.

Upon inspection, the authorities said the stones were ancient and had degraded. However, they could not confirm if it was part of an ancient temple.

Source: ‘Old temple’ found in Battambang, National, Phnom Penh Post

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Chinese conservationists restore Shiva temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Ta Keo temple. Source: Newsin.Asia, 20190130
Ta Keo temple. Source: Newsin.Asia, 20190130

via Newsin.Asia, 30 Jan 2019: Update on the Chinese restoration of the Ta Keo temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Dozens of Chinese experts from various fields including mapping, geology, archaeology, architecture and biology worked together with Cambodian colleagues to overcome a string of obstacles. It took them eight years to restore Ta Keo.

Ta Keo is the second project of the Chinese government’s aid for preserving, conserving and restoring Angkor temples, after the Chausay Tevada temple project that started in 1998 was completed in 2008.

Chinese experts have been working with local colleagues for over two decades to revive the invaluable treasures of Cambodia.

Source: Chinese conservationists restore Shiva temple in Angkor Wat, Cambodia – NewsIn.Asia

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Culture Minister urges youth to visit Kingdom’s museums

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Source: Khmer Times 20190124
Source: Khmer Times 20190124

via Khmer Times, 23 January 2019:

Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona is appealing to young Cambodians to visit museums in the Kingdom to understand its culture and history after discovering that the majority of museum-goers last year were foreigners.

Ms Sakona held an annual meeting yesterday and said that according to a ministry report on museum-goers last year, 67 percent of visitors to national and cultural museums across the Kingdom were foreigners, noting similar figures for Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek at 88 percent and 79 percent, respectively.

She said museums display records of what ancestors over the past few generations left behind, adding that this generation must protect, understand and learn their nation’s history.

Source: Culture Minister urges youth to visit Kingdom’s museums – Khmer Times

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Culture Ministry supports land encroachment prevention

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via Khmer Times, 25 Jan 2019: Highlights from last year’s activities of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Source: Khmer Times, 20190125

The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry says there are still challenges the ministry has to address in order to protect the Kingdom’s culture and heritage sites, despite the work it managed to complete last year.

Ministry spokesman Thai Norak Sathya yesterday during an annual meeting said the ministry worked hard to protect the Kingdom’s culture and heritage sites, adding that it managed to complete 608 out of 636 tasks in 2018.

Mr Norak Sathya said despite this achievement, there are still challenges yet to be addressed, such as encroachment at heritage sites and illegal logging.

Source: Culture Ministry supports land encroachment prevention – Khmer Times

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