Cambodia celebrates 29th anniversary of Angkor Wat’s induction into UNESCO World Heritage List


Cambodia’s leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen, extended a congratulatory message on the 29th anniversary of the country’s iconic Angkor Wat’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to the Prime Minister, the Angkor Archaeological Park is a large collection of architectures that was constructed and dedicated to Vishnu.

“The temples, style, inscriptions, and sacred sculptures are evidence of the Angkor era’s living condition, lifestyle, traditions, customs, beliefs, religions, culture, businesses and economic currents,” said Mr Hun Sen.

Angkor represents the whole Khmer art from the 9th to the 14th century and national cultural identity and national pride, the Prime Minister stated. He also recalled that Angkor Resort was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 16th meeting of the World Heritage Committee on December 14, 1992, in Santa Fe, USA.

The Premier called on his compatriots to love and participate in preserving and protecting the precious heritage of the nation and the whole world.

According to UNESCO, Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 square kilometres, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. AKP-Heng Panha

Tourists visit Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province. Ministry of Tourism