Cambodia Holds “Memorable Night” to Mark First Anniversary of Lkhon Khol’s Inscription as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Cambodia organised a big artistic event called Memorable Night at the Terrace of the Elephants in the compounds of Bayon Temple, Siem Reap province, yesterday to celebrate the first anniversary of the listing of Lkhon Khol on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, who presided over the event, expressed her delight that the event attracted up to 10,000 people, much more than the expectation of 3,000 people. This reflects the Cambodian people's high attention to the protection and enhancement of Khmer cultural heritage, she underlined.

A performance of Lkhon Khol was presented on the occasion and according to H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, the performance is aimed to show both the national and international public the value of Lkon Khol as well as the prestige of Khmer national culture.

She called on her compatriots, especially the youth, to continue supporting the national culture and contributing to conserving the Cambodian rich cultural heritage.

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen also sent a congratulatory message on the occasion of the first anniversary of Cambodia Lkhon Khol's inscription.

The listing of Cambodia Lkhon Khol contributes to further enhancing the Kingdom's reputation on international arena and to making the country a more prominent actor at world heritage forum, stressed the Premier.

Cambodia Lkhon Khol was inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on Nov. 28, 2018 at the thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage taking place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius.

Other Cambodian heritages registered so far on the World Heritage List include the Historic Site of Angkor inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet) and Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet) proclaimed masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, respectively in 2003 and 2005, the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015, Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar, inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2016, and Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex registered as a World Heritage Site in 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press