Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang ancient lake restored

Battambang ancient lake restored

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The area will be redeveloped as a resort and reservoir to create jobs and serve local communities. CULTURE MINISTRY

Battambang ancient lake restored

Authorities in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district have been given permission to begin restoration of Takom Lake, a 10ha ancient lake located in the district’s Peam Ek commune.

The area will be redeveloped as a resort and reservoir to create jobs and serve local communities.

District governor Mil Sophal told The Post on December 3 that the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts decided in May this year to allow the restoration project. Three hectares of land adjacent the lake have been reserved for planting a garden of 2,000 trees of various types to promote local beautification and eco-tourism. The project is due to be completed early next year.

Sophal said the Takom Lake area, located near the Ek Phnom Krom temple and under the culture ministry’s management, contained an ancient lake that ran dry. Restoration is being funded by a development firm and work is now approximately 70 per cent complete.

“We have dug the bottom of the lake to 6m in depth. When the restoration work is finished, the lake will contain about 420,000 cubic metres of water usable by hundreds of local people living in the surrounding villages and other areas,” he said.

Provincial culture department director Kim Sophorn said the district administration initially requested to excavate to a depth of only 5m, and officials of the ministry’s General Department of Heritage have expressed concern at the discrepancy, requesting an environmental impact assessment to confirm that the nearby temple would not be adversely affected.

Culture ministry spokesman Long Ponna Sirivath said the restoration of the lake area is an environmental conservation project intended to confer benefits to the local people. As such, it should not affect other heritage sites, and the ministry will monitor the progress to ensure its safety.


  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and