via various sources, 01 December 2023: The U.S. Department of State’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) has awarded a $450,000 grant to the World Monuments Fund for the continued restoration of the 10th-century Phnom Bakheng Temple in Cambodia’s Angkor Archeological Park. The latest grant aims to further these restoration efforts and employs local Cambodians in the process, reinforcing the U.S.-Cambodia cultural partnership.
U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy and Her Excellency Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, presided today over a signing ceremony to commit a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to the preservation of the 10th century Phnom Bakheng Temple in Angkor Archeological Park.
Since 2004, AFCP has provided eight grants totaling $4 million to World Monuments Fund (WMF) for the ongoing restoration and conservation of Phnom Bakheng.
“We’re thrilled to announce our latest grant for Phnom Bakheng, which is the largest AFCP grant awarded in the East Asia-Pacific region this year,” said Ambassador Murphy at the signing ceremony. “The United States is proud of the longstanding and strong U.S.-Cambodia cultural partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The Phnom Bakheng temple is a cultural treasure, and also a top destination in Cambodia to experience awe-inspiring Angkor sunsets.”