The Apsara Authority has been installing boards informing the public on the prohibition against buying and selling land in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area, following recent Facebook posts of land sales in the world heritage protected site.
Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal on Thursday said it has come across announcements of unsanctioned sale of land in Zone 1 and Zone 2 of Angkor.
“Residents, please do not believe the rumours created by people that some land in the Angkor area can be used for construction,” he said.
via Phnom Penh Post, 06 Feb 2019: Kngok Meas in Stung Treng province contains a number of pre-Angkorian archaeological sites.
The Stung Treng provincial government is preparing supporting documents and evidence to have Kngok Meas mountain listed as a national heritage site.
The provincial department of culture and fine arts and the department of tourism are leading the charge to get the mountainous area – located in Thala Barivat district’s Chhvaing village, and containing remains of pre-Angkor era settlements – recognised nationally.
Nhoch Saroeun, the provincial department of culture and fine arts acting director, said Kngok Meas mountain was a national treasure which must be protected and preserved.
via Phnom Penh Post, 11 Feb 2019: An almost-intact pot was discovered in a nursery in Siem Reap. The pot is believed to have been manufactured from the Torp Chey kiln.
An Angkor-era pot is being cleaned by Apsara Authority Forest Management Department experts after being unearthed in Prasat Takeo Nursery, in Siem Reap town’s Rohal village, Nokor Thom commune, on Wednesday.
The pot will then be displayed at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum in Siem Reap.
The Apsara Authority is responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park. Its spokesman Long Kosal told The Post on Sunday that the ancient pot is in good condition, although its lip has been chipped by a hoe blade. It has a smooth brownish surface, while carvings on it reveal its origins.
via Newsin.Asia, 30 Jan 2019: Update on the Chinese restoration of the Ta Keo temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Dozens of Chinese experts from various fields including mapping, geology, archaeology, architecture and biology worked together with Cambodian colleagues to overcome a string of obstacles. It took them eight years to restore Ta Keo.
Ta Keo is the second project of the Chinese government’s aid for preserving, conserving and restoring Angkor temples, after the Chausay Tevada temple project that started in 1998 was completed in 2008.
Chinese experts have been working with local colleagues for over two decades to revive the invaluable treasures of Cambodia.
Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona is appealing to young Cambodians to visit museums in the Kingdom to understand its culture and history after discovering that the majority of museum-goers last year were foreigners.
Ms Sakona held an annual meeting yesterday and said that according to a ministry report on museum-goers last year, 67 percent of visitors to national and cultural museums across the Kingdom were foreigners, noting similar figures for Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek at 88 percent and 79 percent, respectively.
She said museums display records of what ancestors over the past few generations left behind, adding that this generation must protect, understand and learn their nation’s history.
via Khmer Times, 25 Jan 2019: Highlights from last year’s activities of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.
Source: Khmer Times, 20190125
The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry says there are still challenges the ministry has to address in order to protect the Kingdom’s culture and heritage sites, despite the work it managed to complete last year.
Ministry spokesman Thai Norak Sathya yesterday during an annual meeting said the ministry worked hard to protect the Kingdom’s culture and heritage sites, adding that it managed to complete 608 out of 636 tasks in 2018.
Mr Norak Sathya said despite this achievement, there are still challenges yet to be addressed, such as encroachment at heritage sites and illegal logging.