Cambodia assembles World Heritage bids

PHNOM PENH, 7 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will file documents to support bids to place Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Khmer Times reported the ministry was working on documents to file for the two temples, but the process is lengthy and could take two to three years to reach the final stage of consideration at the UNESCO annual general meeting.

Culture and Fine Arts Minister, Phoeung Sakona, was quoted saying the ministry started the process relating to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year.

inside no 3“The ministry was also preparing new documents for the Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province in the hope of obtaining World Heritage status for that site as well.”

The Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex is in Kampong Thom province consists of more than 300 temples built from brick and sandstone. It was the capital of the Khmer Empire in the seventh century.

Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province’s Thma Puok district was built during the reign of Jayavarman VII and is now being renovated.

Cambodia has two cultural heritage sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Angkor Wat was recognised in 1992 and Preah Vihear temple was recognised in 2008.