Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ANA campaign educates public on ancient dam

ANA campaign educates public on ancient dam

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sotr Nikum district administration and the Apsara National Authority have advised resident to preserve the historical site of Prek Sramoch Dam – also known as Sampov Road – due to fears of damage to the structure. ANA

ANA campaign educates public on ancient dam

Sotr Nikum district administration and the Apsara National Authority (ANA) have continued to raise awareness and educate people to preserve the historical site of Prek Sramoch Dam – also known as Sampov Road – due to fears of damage to the structure.

Damage could result in the loss of a historical site from Angkorian times as well as affect the national heritage.

ANA spokesman and Department of Communication director Long Kosal said that authorities have advised residents not to take soil from the dam because it would result in the loss of a historically important place. However, authorities prefer to use education rather than the law to solve this problem.

Long Kosal said: “We want people to take soil from elsewhere because this is an ancient site and a place built by our Khmer ancestors, which is valuable. And, it must be protected because it represents a civilization and a prosperous period of the people from that time,” he said.

According to Kosal, the dam was built at the bottom of Kulen Mountain with a water course that used to connect it to the Tonle Sap Lake. ANA officials on March 4 went to the dam to raise awareness because some people in the area who make bricks sometimes take soil from the top of the dam.

Kosal asked brick and tile businesses to take soil from elsewhere to avoid damage and loss to the historical place. During ancient times, the dam played an important role. In addition to providing water for agriculture in the surrounding communities, the connecting waterway was used to transport stone from Kulen Mountain to the Angkor area and for trade as well.

Sotr Nikum district governor Mok Bros said that there are more than 50 small traditional brick kilns in the area. However, he did not specify how many families were there.

Mok Bros has confirmed that authorities continue to raise awareness so people understand and pay attention to preserving this archaeological site.

“Further action must be taken. We must strengthen the local authority with a support office and patrols set up. We will continue to raise awareness concerning the relevant regulations. However, large-scale brick kilns are not affected. It was mostly those people around the lake and dam. Sometimes they use their bare hands or tools to dig, but we are not sure. But if a tractor is used, we will stop it,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol