The Apsara Authority celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Angkor Wat being listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site yesterday in Siem Reap province.
The celebrations took place in front of Angkor Wat temple.
Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said Angkor Wat’s World Heritage status is of great importance to Cambodia because protecting and preserving the temple requires a lot of funding and Cambodia cannot do it alone.
“The World Heritage listing is an opportunity that allows Cambodia to seek international financial support to help with maintenance and conservation,” he said.
“We have been doing this for 25 years and the cost has been hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Angkor Wat was added to the World Heritage List on December 14, 1992, at the sixteenth session of the World Heritage Committee.
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.
The interior of the temple is decorated with fine wall paintings telling stories about Cambodia’s past kings.
Mr Kosal added that Angkor Wat has become a tourist destination and an important source of income for sustaining the national economy, as well as a source of income for locals.
Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Hidehisa Horinouchi issued a letter to celebrate the anniversary yesterday.
“As a result of the combined efforts of the government, people and related organisations of Cambodia, as well as the cooperation of international teams, including teams from Japan, that have been working for the conservation and restoration of Angkor, the beauty of the Angkor monuments is still here for us to enjoy today,” he said.