A research laboratory dedicated to preserving Angkor Wat’s Preah Pithu temples was unveiled yesterday under a $4 million project sponsored by the South Korean government.
The Apsara Authority said the four-year preservation scheme was being funded by the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Korean International Cooperation Agency.
Project manager Kim Jiseo said the laboratory would carry out research and offer training for Apsara Authority officials.
The construction of laboratory itself cost more than $1 million, he added.
Tan Sophal, deputy director of Apsara’s department of monument conservation, said the high-tech lab would advance the preservation of the Preah Pithu temple complex.
“The laboratory provided by South Korea will focus on a number of works related to temple preservation,” he said.
“It has specialist equipment that allows us to analyse rocks and conduct architectural surveys.”
Mr Sophal added that Korean officials would train Apsara authority staff to use the equipment in the lab.