Minister calls upon citizens to help preserve ancient temples

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The involved officials celebrate thebanniversary of the World Monuments Fund in Siem Reap province. KT/ Pech Sotheary

Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona today appealed to the public to participate in the preservation of the national heritage sites such as temples located within the Angkor area.

The call was made during an anniversary celebration of the World Monuments Fund in Siem Reap province.

Ms Sakona said the government has cooperated with 14 foreign countries and organisations to conserve and repair temples located within the Angkor area and other temples across the Kingdom. She said that more than $500 million were spent to preserve and restore the temples.

She said that the public should help preserve ancient temples, pagodas, bridges, houses, and traditional instruments, music, dances and food.

“It is not only the duty of the government – [preservation] requires the participation of the masses,” Ms Sakona said. “We want to take care of what belongs to the nation and preserve it for the next generation.”

She said the public can help heritage and culture by donating funds.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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