via Phnom Penh Post, 16 September 2021: Restorations to the staircases on the west bank of the Angkor Wat moat.
The Apsara National Authority (ANA), a body tasked with managing the Angkor Archaelogical Park, started repairing the staircase structure on the west bank of the west moat at Angkor Wat temple to preserve it and reinforce the strength of the temple’s foundation while further enhancing the beauty of the site.
ANA spokesman Long Kosal told The Post on September 15 that the renovation was undertaken as the structure of the staircase was dangerously dilapidated. This repair will restore the structure to its original condition.
“We see it collapsing because tree roots have grown into it and cracked the stone. All we have to do is strengthen the old structure and the foundation that has collapsed. We will repair the staircase where portions are lost and damaged to restore it to its original shape.
“It’s easier said than done, of course, but we will get it done. Another reason to repair it is for the safety of tourists who often sit on the stairs when they visit,” he said.