Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum to undergo assessment for renovations

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Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum. Source: Khmer Times 20151215

The Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum, a small museum in the outskirts of Siem Reap, will have renovations planned for it in the near future.

Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum. Source: Khmer Times 20151215

Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum. Source: Khmer Times 20151215

Angkor Museum to Get Facelift or be Forgotten
Khmer Times, 15 December 2015

At the end of a long, narrow side road – down the block from the new North Korean-built Angkor Panorama Museum – the Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum sits hidden behind sparse patches of scrubs ten years after it opened its doors for the first time.

The little known and largely forgotten museum was first built to house more than 100 Buddhist statues discovered at Banteay Kdei temple by a team of Japanese researchers from Sophia University in 2000 and 2001.

The museum – established jointly by Sophia University and Apsara Authority – has expanded slowly over the past ten years to house two additional exhibitions of objects found during archaeological excavations in the Angkor Park.

At the December 4th opening ceremony of the Angkor Panorama Museum, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An told the crowd of nearly 1,000, “We need more tourist products such as this to attract visitors to Cambodia…We want to see tourists stay longer in Cambodia.”

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New Cambodian museum to open

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12 June 2007 (France 24) – A new museum opens in November, near the Angkor complex, showcasing some 274 Buddha-heads once thought lost.

New Cambodian museum to show lost Buddhas

The Japanese-led research team found the statues in 2001 some six kilometres (four miles) from Angkor Wat, the former capital of the powerful Khmer empire and emblem of Cambodian identity.

The statues will go on display in November in the new two-storey Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum, named after Cambodia’s former king, team leader Yoshiaki Ishizawa said.

“By exhibiting the Buddhist statues, I hope the museum will be able to complement what is lacking in Angkor Wat and that is to offer idols dating from ancient times,” said Ishizawa, who is also president of Tokyo’s Sophia University.

The statues, crafted between the 11th and 13th centuries and some as tall as 1.2 metres, were buried underground after the apparent destruction of a temple.

Looking back at the team’s moment of excavation, Ishizawa said: “Our Cambodian members were getting a bit emotional, with their hands trembling with excitement.”

Read more about the new Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum.

Books about Angkor and the statuary of Angkor:
Narrative Sculpture and Literary Traditions in South and Southeast Asia (Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology) by J. Fontein and M. J. Klokke (Eds)
Khmer Mythology: Secrets Of Angkor Wat by V. Roveda
Angkor (New Horizons) by B. Dagens
Apsarases at Angkor Wat, in Indian context by K. M. Srivastava
Khmer sculpture and the Angkor civilization by M. Giteau