Official Celebration of Sambor Prei Kuk’s Listing as World Heritage Site To Be Held This Evening

Cambodian people from all walks of life will gather in Phnom Penh this evening to celebrate the inscription of Sambor Prei Kuk on the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

This event will be presided over by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and his spouse Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen.

This historical event will be organised at the National Olympic Stadium with numerous entertainment programmes, including cultural and traditional shows and music performance, following Samdech Techo Hun Sen's keynote speech.

Located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district, Kampong Thom province, Sambor Prei Kuk, a group of Khmer ancient temples, was listed as a new World Heritage Site of UNESCO on July 8, 2017 during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland.

This well-known cultural, historical and archaeological site of Cambodia encompasses 3,000 hectare land surface in the forest situated about 30 kilometres from Kampong Thom provincial town.

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.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press