Cambodia, Hungary to Conduct Joint Research on Temples in Koh Ker Area

Preah Vihear National Authority and the Southeast Asia Research Institute of Hungary will conduct a joint research on some temples in the Koh Ker site, Preah Vihear province.

A memorandum of understanding on this cooperation was signed during the 5th Technical Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Preah Vihear Historic Site (ICC-Preah Vihear) held yesterday in Siem Reap provincial city, under the presidency of H.E. Ms. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts.

The three-year cooperation, to begin in 2020, will focus on research on temple infrastructure, construction and risks, and after that temple preservation and restoration measures will be taken.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, located in Srayong Cheung village, Srayong commune, Kulen district, about 49 kilometres west of Preah Vihear provincial city, Koh Ker was once an ancient capital of Cambodia, The Koh Ker complex is on the Chhork Koki highland. It was built by King Jayavaraman IV (AD 928-942). Koh Ker temple is 35 metres high, and its design resembles a seven-stepped stupa. The temple faces west toward Angkor city. It was built to worship Treypuvanesvara, the god of happiness.

So far, 96 temples have been found in Koh Ker. They were not constructed near each other. Today, many of them are no longer standing, and some are buried in the ground.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press