via Global Times, 30 July 2020: China’s ongoing (and also stepped-up) efforts to help with restoration work in Cambodia.
The Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage has helped Cambodia to restore the royal palaces in the ruins of Angkor and the research work has not been suspended, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese experts have examined excavated relics and speculated that China and Cambodia had frequent exchanges in ancient times.
The restoration project started in November 2019 and is set to last for 11 years. It is the third Angkor restoration project assisted by China, one employee of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage told the Global Times on Thursday. When it is completed, the ruins will be transferred to a tourist-friendly archeological park.
“A laboratory for protecting cultural relics and an exhibition hall will be built,” the employee said. The further archeological research will aim at preserving stone carvings.
Before restoration, the research team eliminated dangerous factors around the northwest gate of the royal palaces and completed construction of scaffolds.