‘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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Ancient sites threatened by clearing

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via Phnom Penh Post, 16 Jan 2019:

Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts experts have expressed concerns that ancient sites are threatened by land clearing.

The sites were classified into three types – religious, such as temples and shrines; ancient burial sites, which have suffered from raiders seeking precious objects; and other ancient sites including villages, ponds, hills and bridges.

Voeun Vuthy, the director at the ministry’s Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, told The Post the ancient sites are being disturbed by public and forest land clearing.

He said four ancient sites were locked in disputes and in court procedures. One is located in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district and involved land dredging.

Source: Ancient sites threatened by clearing, National, Phnom Penh Post

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Cambodian Gov’t Complains to Amazon Over ‘Angkor Wat Toilet Products’

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via VOA Cambodia, 21 Jan 2019 and Khmer Times: Cambodia has lodged a complaint over the sales of toilet products decorated with the imagery of Angkor on them – this placement is considered extremely disrespectful.

The Cambodian government has written a letter of complaint to online retailer Amazon over the platform’s hosting of bathroom products emblazoned with the image of Angkor Wat and other “national symbols”.

Thai Noraksatya, culture ministry spokesman, said the ministry had sent the letter to Amazon, calling for an immediate halt to the sales of the products on its website.

“We are yet to see a written response [from Amazon]. However, according to our research online, we can see that Amazon already took down those pictures and made adjustments.”

Source: Cambodian Gov’t Complains to Amazon Over ‘Angkor Wat Toilet Products’

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Culture Ministry to unearth Khmer Rouge victims

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Source: Khmer Times, 20190111

via Khmer Times, 11 Jan 2019:

The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry’s archaeology department will soon catalogue remains of Khmer Rouge victims to be unearthed as it excavates 200 mass graves across the country.

The untouched graves are remnants of the genocidal Khmer Rouge that was responsible for the death of about 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

Department head Voeun Vuthy on Tuesday said that his team has so far catalogued the remains of victims at six killing sites since it began work in 2012.

Source: Culture Ministry to unearth Khmer Rouge victims – Khmer Times

Ancient Khmer Rouge surviving temples to be protected by locals

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via Phnom Penh Post, 10 Jan 2019: Villagers in Banteay Meanchey protecting a sacred hill believed to contain the remains of two ancient temples.

Beneath the surface of a remote hill in Tuol Pongro commune, in Banteay Meanchey’s Malai district, lie two “mysterious” ancient temples that survived the Khmer Rouge years, waiting to be discovered.

The local community and authorities are playing their roles in preserving the “treasures”.

Prasat Knong and Prasat Krao temples are buried under Prey Praseth hill. Commune chief Sim Morn said the two are believed to have been excavated during the war.

Evidence of the digging can apparently be seen on the ground. He estimated that the former’s structure has been most damaged, while the latter is still in good shape.

“It is not clear when the temples had been excavated. The hill used to be a battleground. After the war ended, people came to live around this area and found proof of excavation,” he said.

Source: Ancient Khmer Rouge surviving temples to be protected by locals, National, Phnom Penh Post