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Preah Vihear Temple to be restored

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Tourists explore the Preah Vihear Temple ruins. KT Staff

Portions of the Preah Vihear Temple will likely be restored using aid from China, India, Russia, and Belgium, according to the director-general of the National Authority for Preah Vihear.

Kim Sedara, director-general of the National Authority for Preah Vihear, said yesterday that the aid from the donors was discussed during a meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Sedara said the Preah Vihear Temple has five entrance gates which are in dilapidated condition and so far China promised to repair the temple body and gates one to three, while India promised to help repair gate five and the northern stairs, while Russia promised to help with gate four.

Mr Sedara added that Belgium, China, India and Russia will also help create a database for the ongoing repairs.

“Right now, we are preparing documents for our government and those countries are also preparing their documents to their respective governments before the agreements are signed,” he said.

A meeting to discuss ways to renovate the Preah Vihear Temple was conducted at the Apasara Authority office in Siem Reap province on Wednesday.

Long Kosal, spokesman for the Apsara Authority, declined to comment. Culture Ministry spokesman Thai Norak Satya said he lacked the project details to comment.

At the meeting, Mr Sedara also addressed environmental concerns that have arisen around the temple.

“The meeting discussed environmental problems because it is the mountainous area and during the rainy season, there was water eroding the ground and in the dry season, there have been bush fires,” Mr Sedara said.

Last month, numerous bush fires were reported to have been sparked near the temple grounds, leading to concern from local residents and tour guides.

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