City Hall yesterday held a Buddhist ceremony to relocate the statue of Mother Earth, or Preah Neang Konghing, to a new spot about ten meters away.
The ceremony was presided over by deputy governor Keo Sok Pisei and attended by districts officials and the public who prayed to the deity to allow them to move the statue to the new location.
A City Hall official who declined to be named said at yesterday’s event that the authorities decided to move the statue to the new place because the old spot was in the middle of the street at a roundabout, under a pedestrian overpass.
“City Hall leaders decided to remove the statue of Mother Earth or Preah Neang Konghing to the new place which is between ten and 15 meters from the old location and we held this traditional ceremony because we wanted to ask permission from her spirit,” he said.
He noted that the statue had previously been moved from another site to the spot at the roundabout because the authorities wanted to build a walkway to reduce traffic jams.