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Museum at Preah Vihear Temple to open soon

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Preah Vihear Temple. wikimedia/William Brehm/CC BY

Prime Minister Hun Sen and the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will officially inaugurate a museum at the Preah Vihear World Heritage Site on March 20.

Nov Sokuna, the director of the provincial culture and fine arts department, said the museum has been named Samdech Techo Hun Sen Eco-Global Museum.

“We hope this museum will attract more local and foreign tourists to visit the Preah Vihear temple,” he said. “[I hope] they can learn the history behind this world heritage site, and also about the local culture.”

The museum, on a 177-hectare plot of land, will offer exhibitions on local culture, history and customs.

Mr Nov added that the museum will have plenty of space to display history.

According to Unesco, the initiative to inaugurate the museum marks 10 years of collaboration between Unesco and the government.

Unesco said the Eco-Global Museum is linked to a network of sites, noting the term ‘eco’comes from the ecological importance of nature and the social environment the museum is located in.

The project was initiated in May 2008 as a new cultural institution reflecting ancient Khmer civilisation. The project was meant to embody the indigenous Kuoy communities and their natural environment.

The concept was first put forth after years of research and fieldwork undertaken by both Cambodian and international experts with the support of the Cambodian government and Unesco.

As a result, the Eco-Global Museum will display archaeological collections from Preah Vihear and its wider network of monuments, endangered flora and fauna, as well as objects illustrating Kuoy and Khmer livelihoods.

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