The reparation of Takav Gate – the west gate of Angkor Thom Temple – is 97 per cent completed. Support from the private sector made the restoration possible, according to The Apsara National Authority (ANA).

The ANA said the gate was in a poorer condition than the other gates of the temple, due to natural causes, a lack of maintenance and the growth of trees. Two Naga and Deva balustrades had collapsed, and four elephant sculptures at its corners were severely damaged by trees and roots growing through the structure.

ANA spokesman Long Kosal said on November 7 that the majority of the funding for restoration work at the Angkor Archaeological Park came from the national budget, with some being delivered via bilateral or multilateral cooperation with international organisations.

He noted, however, that the private sector also plays an important role in providing financial support for repairs.

“Contributions from the private sector are needed. They reflect the donor’s trust in the ANA to use the funds appropriately. It is also an excellent way for a devout Buddhist to contribute to the protection of the important legacy of their ancestors. This is the reason that both the private sector and the public participate in this work. The most important thing is that they play a part making sure their ancestors’ heritage is everlasting,” he added.

Kosal said that Takao gate is attractive to tourists because of its unique carvings. Its statues differ from other gates, and along with the large trees that surround it, make for a spectacular looking scene. Once the gate is open to the public, it will also help reduce traffic into the temple area, where only three gates are currently in use.

According to Kosal, ANA teams are also repairing many other temples and ancient infrastructure.