Original Structure of Angkor Wat’s Moat Being Studied and Restored

Apsara National Authority is beginning its study of the structure of the moat around the world-known Angkor Wat Temple before comprehensive restoration of it.

First-ever of its kind, the intention was shared by Mr. Ly Vanna, the authority's Director of Department of Conservation of Monuments in Angkor Park and Preventive Archaeology, with the local media.

The work, he added, has been scheduled to start after the Khmer New Year that fell from Apr. 14-16 and may take about one or two months.

As advised by the ICC-Angkor � the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Historic Site of Angkor � key parts of the moat need to be uncovered and studies so that its rehabilitation will be consistent with the original structure and lasting.

Mr. Ly Vanna explained that, the renovation of the moat and its banks does not only serve the conservation purpose of the temple, but also contributes essentially to attracting local and international tourists who enjoy viewing the beautiful scenery of the moat and the temple at the bank.

Founded in 1995, Apsara National Authority is the Cambodian management authority responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press