via Phnom Penh Post, 26 September 2018: Phase 5 of the Bayon restoration project by Unesco has been funded by the Japanese and Cambodian governments.
Source: Khmer Times, 26 September 2018
The Japanese and Cambodian governments have allocated $1,5 million to fund phase five of the Bayon temple restoration project, a Unesco official said on Tuesday.
Unesco Culture Programme Specialist Philippe Delanghe told The Post yesterday that the project which is slated to begin this year will be completed in 2020. This is according to a mutual agreement signed by the UN agency and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.
The project is backed by the Japanese and Cambodian governments, with each contributed $1 million and $500,000 respectively, he said.
Source: Bayon restoration to resume, National, Phnom Penh Post
via Cambodia Daily , 07 July 2017:
A Siem Reap province farmer tilling soil for a new crop found a Bayon-style sandstone statue of the Buddha that was crafted in the 12th or 13th century, an official said on Thursday.
The exhumed piece, depicting a seven-headed serpent rising over the seated Buddha, was uncovered on Wednesday in Svay Loeu district’s Kantuot commune and handed to the Apsara Authority the same day, said Long Kosal, spokesman for the authority, which is responsible for maintaining the Angkor Archaeological Park world heritage site.
Source: Ancient Buddha Statue Discovered by Farmer – The Cambodia Daily
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Farmers near Angkor Wat unearthed some statue fragments which have been estimated to be 800 years old.
Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702
Statues found in Siem Reap
Phnom Penh Post, 02 July 2015
The Apsara Authority yesterday received two 800-year-old statue fragments uncovered by a ploughing farmer in Siem Reap town’s Kokchak commune, near Angkor Wat.
According to an announcement from Apsara, heritage police and expert officials from the authority examined the statue, concluding that two pieces likely dated from the end of the Bayon era – around the end of 13th century.
One statue, a sitting figure, is about 20 centimetres tall by about 17 centimetres wide, and nine centimetres thick.
The other, a fragment of a statue’s head, had similar dimensions.
“After the expert officials examined and studied them, they concluded that they really are ancient statues, which are in the style of the end of Bayon Era, at the end of the 13th century.
Now the two statues were brought in for cleaning, and then they will be listed for storage and studying their ancient style before they are kept at museum,” the Apsara announcement reads.
Full story here.
The statue that was destroyed by a recalcitrant tourist earlier this month is re-installed in the Bayon with a Buddhist ceremony.
Statue Smashed by Tourist Returned to Bayon Temple
Cambodia Daily, 24 October 2014
Cambodia has begun to file charges against Willemijn Vermaat, the Dutch-born New Zealand resident who admitted to destroying a Buddha statue in the Bayon. Amazingly, her response has been “I’m not worried. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Repairing the vandalised statue at the Bayon. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20141023
Charges over broken statue
Phnom Penh Post, 22 October 2014
Court Complaint Lodged Against NZ Tourist
Cambodia Daily, 22 October 2014
Cambodia moves to prosecute Wellington woman over broken Buddha statue
One News, 23 October 2014
Following on from last week’s story about a Dutch (but New Zealand resident) tourist who destroyed a Buddha statue in the Bayon. The tourist has since admitted to the New Zealand media that she did indeed destroy the statue, on account of voices in her head. It is not known if she will be prosecuted.
Tourist Admits Breaking Bayon Buddha, Blames Voice in Her Head
The Cambodia Daily, 15 October 2014
‘Voices’ told NZ tourist to sit on Buddha’s lap
Phnom Penh Post, 15 October 2014
Vandalism Suspected at Famed Bayon Temple of Angkor Wat
VOA Cambodia, 14 October 2014
“Possessed” Woman vandalizes Angkor Wat heritage site
NL Times, 14 October 2014
‘I did push over Buddha’
Otago Daily Times, 14 October 2014
Kiwi admits smashing Buddha statue in Cambodian temple
New Zealand Herald, 14 October 2014
Smashed Buddha statue fake – NZ woman
3 News, 14 October 2014
Kiwi says smashed Buddha statue at Angkor Wat was a fake
One News, 14 October 2014
A New Zealand tourist is wanted for questioning in connection with a broken Buddha statue in the Bayon. The tourist was questioned earlier for illegally staying overnight in the Angkor complex.
Police hunt woman tourist who ‘smashed centuries-old Buddha statue’ inside temple at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
Daily Mail, 13 October 2014
Broken statue angers temple management
Phnom Penh Post, 13 October 2014
New Zealand tourist wanted over broken statue at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat complex
Radio Australia, 13 October 2014
Kiwi wanted for breaking Angkor statue
Bangkok Post, 13 October 2014
Tourist Wanted for Breaking Buddha Statue
The Cambodia Daily, 13 October 2014
New Zealander wanted over broken statue in Cambodia’s Angkor complex
Philippine Inquirer, 13 October 2014
Kiwi held after Buddha statue smashed
Otago Times, 13 October 2014
A Korean tourist poses for a photograph next to a statue in Angkor Thom and ends up beheading it. As the story goes, it is a “fresh reminder of an old problem”.
Decapitated statue from Angkor Thom. Source Phnom Penh Post 20140814
Angkor statue loses (replica) head
Phnom Penh Post, 14 August 2014
Readers in Siem Reap may be interested in this talk at the Centre for Khmer Studies on Wednesday. Registration closes tomorrow!
From Ta Prohm to the Bayon
Dr. Olivier Cunin
Venue: Center for Khmer Studies, Wat Damnak, Siem Reap
Date: 30 July 2014