Apsara Authority has reopened the Kandal Sras Srang Temple at the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province to the public, following the completion of restoration works.
The completion of the nine-month restoration project was marked during a ceremony yesterday which was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspections Men Sam An, Minister of Culture Phoeurng Sackona and representatives of Apsara Authority.
Apsara Authority’s spokesman Long Kosal said that during the restoration, they had built a steel bridge for temporary use to facilitate access to the area and it would be removed soon.
“The Apsara Authority will find an alternative way, such as using boats, for people to travel across the Sras Srang lake to visit the temple because building any permanent facilities like a bridge on the lake is not allowed. We also plan to allow not more than 30 people to visit the temple at once,” he told Khmer Times.
Located east of Banteay Kdey Temple, Kandal Sras Srang Temple was restored by an expert team of Apsara Authority.
In the process of excavation works, archaeologists from the Apsara Authority unearthed large stone sculptures of turtles and several artefacts including two metal tridents, one of which was intact while the other was broken, crystal stones and a large sculpture of a dragon head.
The excavation project of the Kandal Sras Srang Temple was made possible with funds from Heng Heng Development Company, owned by Seang Chanheng, who also has contributed funds to build public facilities and for restoration at other ancient temples.