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  • Conservation and Restoration of Preah Pithu Temple Group in Angkor Complex, Cambodia (the first project; 2015-2019)

    Project Overview

    The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Korea International Cooperation Agency performed “Conservation and Restoration of Preah Pithu Temple Group in Angkor Complex” project from September 2015 to November 2018. In order to establish a mid- to long-term plan of conservation and restoration of the five temples and two terraces in the Preah Pithu Temple Group, the Foundation performed basic investigations and research to conduct repair and maintenance works for the terraces in Kor Sork Temple (Temple T).

    Kor Sork Temple  (Temple T), before restoration

    Kor Sork Temple  (Temple T), before restoration

    Kor Sork Temple (Temple T), after restoration

    Kor Sork Temple (Temple T), after restoration

    Major Activities

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    Basic Investigations and Research

    The Foundation performed multidisciplinary basic research on the Preah Pithu Temple Group, including natural scientific research (investigation on actual status, the ground and groundwater, structural safety, preservation (of stone), surface and trenching, conservation environment, vegetation, and landscape) and humanistic research (history of architecture, history of art, folklore, archeology, and tourism), to secure basic data needed to comprehensively conserve the Temples.

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    Maintenance of Kor Sork Temple (Temple T)

    A terrace as the entrance to the Preah Pithu Temple Group completely collapsed and weathered over the course of thousand years. The foundation selected the terrace to be firstly restored, partially dismantling it in November 2016. In October 2018, the terrace became stable after two years of construction, restoring its original function as the entrance to the Temple Group again.

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    Capacity Building

    The Foundation performed maintenance of the terrace with Cambodian experts, providing them with technical training per field in the restored site. Moreover, the Foundation invited Cambodian experts to Korea, giving them professional training on architecture and conservation of heritage.

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    Lab Construction

    The Foundation set up a lab for scientifically preserving the cultural heritage in Cambodia. Supporting tools for analyses, we have established the facility within the Authority for the Protection and management of Ankor and the Region of Siem Reap, with which scientific experiments can be performed for preserving cultural assets. Currently the lab is being used as a place for research on cultural heritage, as well as a space of education for capacity building.