South Korea to help restore Elephant Terrace

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The Elephant Terrace. Supplied

The Apsara Authority has signed a deal with South Korea to restore and conserve the Elephant Terrace in Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaeological Park.

Ly Vanna, director of Apsara’s department of conservation, said the Memorandum of Understanding with the Cultural Heritage International Cooperation Organisation covers a three-year period.

“The restoration of the Elephant Terrace will not be like restoring a house or civil construction, it requires a thorough study and expertise in ancient techniques,” he said.

“We have to study how Khmer people in the Angkor era built temples and how to prepare the stone.”

Mr Vanna was however unable to say how much the research, restoration and conservation of the Elephant Terrace would cost.

Apsara Authority chief Sum Mab said the deal to restore the Elephant Terrace marks a new step in conservation work aided by South Korea.

South Korea is also collaborating with Apsara to restore the Preah Pithu temple complex.

“This collaboration does not focus only on conservation and restoration work, but on research and the training of professionals at the Apsara Authority,” he said.

The Elephant Terrace is located in the Eastern boundary of the Royal Palace grounds in Siem Reap’s Angkor area, and was built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century.

The 350m-long terrace was where the king would watch Cambodian troops leaving and returning from war.

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