The Apsara Authority, responsible for the research, protection and conservation of cultural heritage sites around Angkor have organized an exhibition of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) to commemorate its 25 year anniversary.
ICC-angkor (2): Tourists and a local visitor at Angkor. Courtesy of Apsara Authority
The ICC-Angkor was established in 1993, one after Angkor was inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the commemorative expo aims to make the general public more aware of the ICC-Angkor’s existence, activities and achievements.
The exhibition will last 15 days, from Nov. 28 to Dec.12, 2018, in the garden of the Grand Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap; and according to Sum Map, director general of the Apsara Authority, will be visited by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Dec. 4, and by King Sihamoni on Dec. 5.
Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, reminded the public what Angkor was like 25 years ago – an unsafe place with mines, lawlessness, logging, and the looting of historical artefacts. Since the ICC-Angkor’s creation, and much human effort, “Most of the temples are repaired, guarded, and an irrigation [system is in the works] to stabilize them.”
Angkor is most likely Cambodia’s greatest tourist attractor, bringing in over one million visitors and $61.4 million in the first half of 2018 alone.