via Phnom Penh Post, 29 January 2020: Prasat Bat Chum is a 10th century temple located south of Srah Srang. The restoration was conducted by a mainly-Cambodian team.
The first phase of restoring the Bat Chum Temple in the Angkor Archaeological Parkwill be completed on Friday, Apsara National Authority spokesman Long Kosal said.
Work to restore the dilapidated temple began in July last year. It was built during the 10th century and had suffered significant damage due to erosion.
Kosal said repairing ancient temples is a very slow process and requires extreme care. Once the first phase of the restoration project ends on Friday, experts will study the results to decide on the next steps.
“We need time to observe and study the results, and then we will begin repairs again. Previously, we worked with specialists from other countries.
“But now, we work almost exclusively with Cambodian specialists. They have the expertise and the skills needed to repair ancient temples in the Angkor area,” he said.