Cambodia celebrates anniversary of Preah Vihear listing

Cambodia celebrates the 2nd anniversary of the listing of Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage Site. The listing of the temple, which borders Thailand was, and still is, a point of contention between Thailand and Cambodia because the borders between the two countries in the vicinity of the temple have not been fixed.
Festivities celebrate temple
Phnom Penh Post, 08 July 2010

More than 1,000 officials, soldiers and local villagers turned out at Preah Vihear temple yesterday to celebrate the second anniversary of its inscription as a World Heritage site.

During the ceremony, Buddhist monks chanted blessings while performers beat traditional Khmer drums representing the warrior ethic of the Angkorian empire.

In an address, Chea Dara, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, paid tribute to the “smart leadership” of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which he said had helped protect the temple from Thai occupation.

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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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