Bayon restoration to resume

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Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018

via Phnom Penh Post, 26 September 2018: Phase 5 of the Bayon restoration project by Unesco has been funded by the Japanese and Cambodian governments.

Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018

Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018

The Japanese and Cambodian governments have allocated $1,5 million to fund phase five of the Bayon temple restoration project, a Unesco official said on Tuesday.

Unesco Culture Programme Specialist Philippe Delanghe told The Post yesterday that the project which is slated to begin this year will be completed in 2020. This is according to a mutual agreement signed by the UN agency and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

The project is backed by the Japanese and Cambodian governments, with each contributed $1 million and $500,000 respectively, he said.

Source: Bayon restoration to resume, National, Phnom Penh Post

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Bayon style Buddha Statue Discovered by Farmer

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via Cambodia Daily , 07 July 2017:

A Siem Reap province farmer tilling soil for a new crop found a Bayon-style sandstone statue of the Buddha that was crafted in the 12th or 13th century, an official said on Thursday.

The exhumed piece, depicting a seven-headed serpent rising over the seated Buddha, was uncovered on Wednesday in Svay Loeu district’s Kantuot commune and handed to the Apsara Authority the same day, said Long Kosal, spokesman for the authority, which is responsible for maintaining the Angkor Archaeological Park world heritage site.

Source: Ancient Buddha Statue Discovered by Farmer – The Cambodia Daily

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New Straits Times, 15 April 2017: A travel story on the many popular temple sites to visit in Angkor.

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Statue fragments unearthed near Angkor Wat

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Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702

Farmers near Angkor Wat unearthed some statue fragments which have been estimated to be 800 years old.

Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702

Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702

Statues found in Siem Reap
Phnom Penh Post, 02 July 2015

The Apsara Authority yesterday received two 800-year-old statue fragments uncovered by a ploughing farmer in Siem Reap town’s Kokchak commune, near Angkor Wat.

According to an announcement from Apsara, heritage police and expert officials from the authority examined the statue, concluding that two pieces likely dated from the end of the Bayon era – around the end of 13th century.

One statue, a sitting figure, is about 20 centimetres tall by about 17 centimetres wide, and nine centimetres thick.

The other, a fragment of a statue’s head, had similar dimensions.

“After the expert officials examined and studied them, they concluded that they really are ancient statues, which are in the style of the end of Bayon Era, at the end of the 13th century.

Now the two statues were brought in for cleaning, and then they will be listed for storage and studying their ancient style before they are kept at museum,” the Apsara announcement reads.

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Charges filed against Bayon vandal

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Cambodia has begun to file charges against Willemijn Vermaat, the Dutch-born New Zealand resident who admitted to destroying a Buddha statue in the Bayon. Amazingly, her response has been “I’m not worried. I didn’t do anything wrong.

Repairing the vandalised statue at the Bayon. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20141023

Repairing the vandalised statue at the Bayon. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20141023

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Bayon vandalism: Tourist admits to breaking statue

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Following on from last week’s story about a Dutch (but New Zealand resident) tourist who destroyed a Buddha statue in the Bayon. The tourist has since admitted to the New Zealand media that she did indeed destroy the statue, on account of voices in her head. It is not known if she will be prosecuted.

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New Zealand tourist wanted for Bayon vandalism

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A New Zealand tourist is wanted for questioning in connection with a broken Buddha statue in the Bayon. The tourist was questioned earlier for illegally staying overnight in the Angkor complex.

 

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