Angkor Wat restoration work in progress

Getting a facelift: The restoration work of the eastern entrance of Angkor Wat began on Monday. — AFP

The country’s Apsara National Authority (ANA) has started the work to restore the eastern entrance of the famed Angkor Wat temple, said an ANA news release.

The entrance was damaged by the impact from ageing, weathers, and vegetation among others, according to the news release.

“Although the Eastern Entrance of Angkor Wat was slightly damaged in some parts, such as its stairs, roof, and pediment, maintenance work is needed to avoid the serious damage in the future,” Phin Vicheasachara, an archaeologist in charge of the restoration work, said.

“Our team needs to study the layout of the entrance and allocate the stones, and then, we’re going to clean all the stones and reassemble them in their original places,” Vicheasachara added yesterday.

The restoration work of the eastern entrance of Angkor Wat began on Monday, Vicheasachara said.

Located in the northwestern Siem Reap province, the 400sq km Angkor Archeological Park, inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List in 1992, is the kingdom’s most popular tourist destination.

Prior to the pandemic, the site received up to 2.2 million international tourists in 2019. — Xinhua

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