Cambodia Request UNESCO to List Lakhon Khol and Labok Kator as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts announced that Cambodia has already sent to UNESCO the request to inscribe Lakhon Khol and Labok Kator on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In an announcement issued yesterday, the ministry said documents on Lakhon Khol were submitted to UNESCO in the morning of Mar. 29, 2017 and it received an official reply from UNESCO in the afternoon of the same day.

At the same time, documents on Labok Kator have also been sent to UNESCO, it added.

According to the UNESCO's principles and procedures, each document has to be examined and evaluated many times by international expert groups before being submitted for approval in the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee Meeting scheduled to take place in late 2018, explained the ministry.

Lakhon Khol is a masked dance theatre performed by men and features enactment of the Reamker (Cambodian version of Ramayana), while Labok Kator is a Khmer martial art.

Besides, the technical team of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has been working on the registration of other national intangible cultural heritage such as Pleng Arak, Cambodian silk, etc. on the UNESCO's list, affirmed the announcement.

Six Cambodian heritages have been so far registered on the World Heritage List. The Historic Site of Angkor was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet) and Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet) were proclaimed masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity respectively in 2003 and 2005, the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple was listed a World Heritage Site in 2008, Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game, was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015, and Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian musical instrument, was registered in 2016 on the UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press