Cambodia Plans Gong and Drum Beating to Celebrate Koh Ker Temple’s Listing as a World Heritage Site

Cambodia is going to officially celebrate the inscription of Koh Ker Temple on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List next week.

In a message released this afternoon, Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet asked all ministries and institutions, national and sub-national administrations and his compatriots to join the celebration by beating gongs and drums and ringing bells all together at 7:00 am on Sept. 20.

Koh Ker Temple was listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this afternoon (Cambodian time).

Koh Ker or Chok Gargyar, as it is known in Old Khmer inscriptions, is a 10th-century temple complex and former capital of the Khmer Empire, situated in Preah Vihear, a northern part of Cambodia.

The densely forested site containing a total of 169 archaeological remains, including 76 temples, as well as civil structures, ponds, dykes, and ancient roads, is located centrally between three other Cambodian World Heritage Sites – Preah Vihear, Angkor, and Sambor Prei Kuk.

Cambodia has so far registered Angkor Archaeological Site, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet); Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet); the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple; Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game; Chapei Dang Veng (a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar); Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex; Lkhon Khol Wat Svay; and Kun Lbokator on the World Heritage List.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse