Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Buddha statues found at Phnom Kulen

Buddha statues found at Phnom Kulen

Two metal Buddha statues sit on a table in Siem Reap after they were discovered by a group of children earlier this week.
Two metal Buddha statues sit on a table in Siem Reap after they were discovered by a group of children earlier this week. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Buddha statues found at Phnom Kulen

A group of children hunting for birds in Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap, unintentionally helped uncover two metal statues of the Buddha on Tuesday after they alerted conservation authorities about a shallow ditch that appeared to resemble the Buddha’s footprint.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal confirmed yesterday that two statues were dug up from the site – one, about 27 centimetres tall, sitting in a meditation pose, and another, about 30 centimetres high, in a sitting stance.

The statues were discovered about 150 metres away from the holy site of Preah Ang Thom.

“[The kids found] a hole that resembles the Buddha’s foot. Then they reported this to the Conservation Department outside of Angkor Park,” he said, “[The department] sent staff to the site to clarify the report, and started to remove the earth. When they dug about 2.8 metres, they found the two Buddhas.”

Kosal added that the two statues were cast from black metal, though their exact composition and the period they date from are still yet to be determined.

“We don’t know how long they’ve been there, but according to what have seen, they were [likely] buried there a long time ago,” he said.

The statues, worn by both time and the elements, have now been recovered by Apsara and are currently being studied.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not