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China to help restore palace

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The Apsara Authority is to collaborate with China to restore an ancient royal palace in Angkor Thom city and the Phimeanakas temple in Siem Reap by mid-2018.

A meeting to discuss the project was held between the two sides last weekend, according to a post on the Apsara Authority’s Facebook page.

The meeting focused on the approval of initial technical planning, especially setting the size of the renovation and strengthening the infrastructure of some locations such as some parts the Royal Palace’s gate and the Phimeanakas temple.

In the meeting, chief of the Apsara Authority Sum Mab requested the Chinese side to carefully discuss and coordinate with the Apsara Authority’s various departments to carry out the project smoothly.

“The Apsara Authority is ready for this cooperation,” he said.

Xu Yen, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, reaffirmed the Chinese government’s option to carry out the project.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal could not be reached for comment yesterday.

China has in the past restored the Chau Say Tevoda temple from 1998 to 2008. It also started renovating the Ta Keo Temple in 2007, scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

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