Over 10,000 People Attend the Official Celebration of Sambor Prei Kuk’s Listing as World Heritage Site

More than 10,000 Cambodian people from all walks of life gathered here yesterday evening at the National Olympic Stadium to celebrate the inscription of Sambor Prei Kuk on the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

This auspicious event was 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 success is another national pride for the Cambodians and a witness of the royal government's attention to the national heritage conservation and enhancement, said the premier in his keynote address.

This is the national pride, not that of any individual, Samdech Techo Hun Sen underlined.

In the 4th mandate, the royal government under the leadership of the Cambodian People's Party successfully had Preah Vihear Temple listed as a World Heritage Site, and in this 5th mandate, Sambor Prei Kuk was registered on the World Heritage List, he added.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his profound thanks and appreciation to all stakeholders for the listing of Sambor Prei Kuk.

He also took the opportunity to call on all his compatriots to take part in maintaining peace which is so valuable for the national development and prosperity.

Located in Sambo village, Sambo commune, Prasat Sambo district, Kampong Thom province, Sambor Prei Kuk, a group of Khmer ancient temples, became a new World Heritage Site 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