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Angkor celebrates 28th Unesco heritage anniversary

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People taking pictures of Angkor Wat temple. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Cambodia yesterday celebrated the 28th anniversary of the inclusion of Angkor Wat on the Unesco World Heritage List.


King Norodom Sihamoni posted on his Facebook page to celebrate the anniversary. “The Angkor temples were inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List on December 14, 1992, in Santa Fe, US, under His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk. His Majesty the King Father of Independence, Territorial Integrity and Khmer National Unity appealed to Unesco to help save the Angkor temples.”

He said that after Angkor’s inclusion on the World Heritage List, an international conference was held in Tokyo from October 12-13, 1993, under the initiative of the Japanese government, with the support of France and Unesco. The conference aimed to develop strategies and action plans for the protection and conservation of Angkor. Subsequently, the International Coordinating Committee (ICC Angkor) was established in December 1993.

“People throughout the Kingdom express gratitude for His Majesty King Nordom Sihanouk for upholding the prestige of the Angkor temples as well as protecting, preserving and developing the Angkor site to be an invaluable asset for the next generation of the Cambodian nation,” the King wrote.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen also posted a celebratory message on Facebook. He said that the anniversary is a reminder to all Cambodian people to love and participate in preserving the Kingdom’s heritage. “Especially to express deep gratitude to the Cambodian ancestors who made sacrifices for the glorious cause of Cambodian civilisation and lead the country in overcoming all obstacles to protect the precious heritage of the nation and the world as a whole.”

“The government is firmly committed to the preservation of this magnificent heritage. Until now, Angkor Wat was the number one tourist destination in the world, attracting millions of international tourists. The protection of cultural heritage is the duty of every Cambodian,” he said.

The Embassy of Japan yesterday also congratulated Cambodia on the 28th anniversary of the inclusion of the Angkor site in the Unesco World Heritage List.

Japan will continue to support Cambodian experts for the safeguarding and development of the historical Angkor site.

Long Kosal, Apsara Authority spokesman, told Khmer Times yesterday that Apsara Authority appeals to all people to protect temple heritage.

“The people must join together to conserve our nation’s heritage. Do not do anything illegal that will affect our national heritage, join to protect and conserve our nation’s spirit,” he said.

Last month, Apsara Authority announced the completion of its Angkor Wat garden project. It said that residents and tourists have shared their satisfaction with the developments that include gardens, trees, wildflowers and rejuvenated shops and parking lots.

Apsara Authority started the renovation project at the end of 2019, which includes the preparation of a new garden and hospitality area made possible by relocating stalls to avoid clutter and disorderly parking.

Cambodia earned $18.45 million in revenue from the sale of tickets at Angkor Archaeological Park in the first nine months of 2020, a 75 percent decrease compared with the same period last year, according to figures from Angkor Enterprise.

The number of tickets sold at the park saw a 76.17 percent decrease from January to September, with just over 396,241 foreign tourists buying passes, Angkor Enterprises said.

Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II. The temple is 65 metres high and occupies a rectangular area of about 200 hectares, surrounded by water.

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