Cambodian PM Thanks UNESCO Director-General

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, thanked H.E. Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, for the registration of Sambor Prei Kuk on the World Heritage List.

On behalf of the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to you and to the members of the World Heritage Committee who have worked hard for the recognition of the exceptional universal value of the area of Sambor Prei Kuk temples, and adopted the decision to inscribe the area on the List, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in his letter dated July 9.

This historical success is another national pride for all the Cambodian people and their culture as well as for the Khmer history, underlined the Cambodian premier.

It also testifies to the special attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia to the conservation and enhancement of national heritage. I am convinced that this inscription will further support the efforts of the Royal Government in its commitment to protect and promote the heritage of humanity, he added.

This morning, at 10:00 am, all the ministries and institutions, the provinces and capital city, the pagodas across the country beat the drum to mark this historical event.

Located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district, Kampong Thom province, Sambor Prei Kuk was listed as a new World Heritage Site of UNESCO on July 8 during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland.

With Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia has in total seven heritages 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.

Cambodia is now requesting to inscribe Lakhon Khol and Labok Kator on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press