via Khmer Times, 27 September 2023: The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia has issued a statement concerning the construction of a temple in Thailand that has been criticized for resembling Angkor Wat. The temple, located in Buriram Province, Thailand, has sparked outrage among Cambodian social media users. From the images, it doesn’t look like a copy of Angkor Wat although it certainly is Angkor-ish. There is ancient Khmer architecture found in present-day Thailand, and local Thais consider it part of their heritage as well.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts states that it has paid close attention to the construction activities, having sent a team to monitor the situation from the beginning, since this case erupted during 2021.
In addition , the Ministry of Culture underlined: “Previous actions taken by the Ministry have focused on diplomatic relations between the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Thai side (Thai Embassy in Cambodia and the Thai Ministry of Culture) by sending researchers to inspect the construction site.