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Preservation Work at Phnom Bakheng

  • December 2010 Report
    December 2010 Report

    The Phnom Bakheng conservation project focuses on restoration of the east façade of the temple. The first section of this report provides an overview of the work of 2010. The second section of the report provides greater detail and images for primary areas of activity from July to December 2010. Along the northern half of the east façade, reconstruction is underway, as the disassembly necessary for ... Download (PDF - 1.19 MB) »

  • Bakheng Preservation Work - August 2009 Report
    August 2009 Report

    Since the last progress report submitted in May 2009 site mobilization measures have been completed, the tower crane has been successfully installed, and the first phase of restoration work has commenced at the lower terrace of the northern half of the East Elevation. Archaeological excavation in front of the East Elevation –South side and detailed condition surveys have continued. Some ... Download (PDF - 2.08 MB) »

  • Bakheng Preservation Work - April 2009 Report
    April 2009 Report

    Since 1990, WMF has maintained comprehensive conservation and training activities at Angkor, focusing on long‐term conservation needs of the temple at Preah Khan, critical intervention at Ta Som, detailed studies of the Angkor Wat galleries including a current project to repair the roofing system over the Churning of the Sea of Milk Gallery, and notably, the current conservation project at Phnom ... Download (PDF - 337 KB) »

  • January 2009 Report
    January 2009 Report

    Activities at Phnom Bakheng during the last months have been focused on detailed surveys of existing conditions, project planning with regard to project scheduling, staffing, and site mobilization. The unit by unit condition survey documenting the existing conditions of the temple’s East elevation walls, stone shrines, paving and surrounding areas has been completed for the following areas ... Dowload (PDF - 538 KB) »

  • More Complex Than You Think
    More Complex Than You Think

    The restoration of Phnom Bakheng is a monumental undertaking. For the project to succeed there is a whole series of scientific and logistical problems the World Monuments Fund will have to analyze and overcome for their restoration efforts to be success. In essence what the WMF is looking at is a giant 1000 year old jigsaw puzzle where the pieces, slowly changing due to erosion and human ... Read more »

  • Destructive Forces
    Destructive Forces

    Built in 1907, Phnom Bakheng is the oldest temple situated within the historic city of Angkor. Built by Yasovarman (889-910 AD), Phnom Bakheng was one of the earliest temples built in the Mountain-Temple style, designed to represent Mount Mehru, the mythical home of the Hindu Gods. That representation explains why the Ancient Khmer chose to ...  Read more »

  • Introduction of the Preservation Work
    Introduction of the Preservation Work

    In May 2008, the Cultural Heritage Center and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/P/C), announced the United States’ support for the conservation of Phnom Bakheng Temple at the Angkor World heritage site in Cambodia by awarding the World Monuments Fund a grant of $978,705 for the restoration and preservation of Phnom Bakheng ...  More than »

  • U.S. Embassy Sponsors Book Launch for Phnom Bakheng Workshop
    U.S. Embassy Sponsors Book Launch for Phnom Bakheng Workshop

    U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, in cooperation with the Center for Khmer Studies and the World Monuments Fund, recently hosted the launching of the book "Phnom Bakheng Workshop on Public Interpretation." This event, which took place at the main campus of the Center for Khmer Studies located at Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, attracted an audience of more than...  Read more »

  • Angkor Abandoned
    Angkor Abandoned

    While the epicenter of Cambodia’s culture and society firmly resided in Angkor up to the 12th century, from the 13th through the 16th centuries Cambodian society saw a shift to the area around present day Phnom Penh. The last recorded period of Cambodian history at Angkor took place from the 1550s and 1560’s when restoration efforts were ... Read more »

  • Historical Backdrop
    Historical Backdrop

    When the World monuments Fund (WMF) created the Conservation Master Plan, they had to undertake a large amount of historical research to understand the full picture of Phnom Bakheng. This means not only examining the current structural integrity of the temple, but also examining its place in Cambodian History. This will allow the ...  Read more »

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