Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Capital starts heritage buildings survey

Capital starts heritage buildings survey

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The library building for the Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University at Svay Po Pe pagoda in Phnom Penh in March. Hong Menea

Capital starts heritage buildings survey

The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to establish a working group to inspect and evaluate old buildings in all districts to strengthen the mechanism for protection and maintenance of structures and as a basis for applying for registration as a heritage building to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

This decision was made during an online meeting chaired by municipal governor Khuong Sreng on measures to prevent the destruction of heritage buildings in the capital on October 22.

“We will set up a team to inspect and compile statistics on all heritage buildings in Phnom Penh. Later, we will hand over the list to all district administrations for further management. This way, we can keep heritage buildings alive,” Sreng said.

The move came after Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a circular on October 12 aiming to prevent the destruction and remodelling of heritage buildings, altering or damaging of religious structures, public and private buildings, ancient villages and houses.

Culture ministry spokesman Long Bunna Sireyvath said on October 24 that the government’s circular was an additional measure to fill in some gaps. He said that sometimes owners of old buildings other than pagodas, which are under the ministry’s jurisdiction, may destroy those buildings through modifications or development as they do not understand their value.

Bunna Sireyvath said the circular is another way to enforce conservation, especially in the capital and some certain provinces such in Battambang, where there are ancient houses. Kratie province also has houses from a previous era.

“Because those buildings belong to citizens, we call for cooperation from the owners and authorities when they want to alter the appearance of buildings. They need to inform the culture ministry, which is responsible for the protection of national heritage,” he said.

UNESCO has lauded the government for issuing the circular to prevent the destruction of heritage buildings in Cambodia in a bid to promote conservation and sustainable development.

“Urban heritage, including its tangible and intangible components, constitutes a key resource in enhancing the liveability and resilience of urban areas, and fosters economic development and social cohesion in a changing environment,” it said in a press statement on October 15.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Struggling Battambang artist dreams of staging full-scale gallery exhibition

    Leav Kimchhoth, a 55-year-old artist from Battambang province, is a familiar face to locals and tourists alike on the streets of the riverside in Phnom Penh. The one-armed painter and illustrator often hawks his work near the night market on weekends and public holidays. He

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • New Law on Taxation comes into effect

    Cambodia has enacted the eagerly-awaited new Law on Taxation, which aims to improve the national tax regime’s compliance with present and future international standards and economic conditions; encourage accountability, effectiveness and transparency in the collection process; and promote investment in the Kingdom. King Norodom

  • PM warns of int’l election interference

    With the national election scheduled to take place in less than two months, Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned foreign nations and their diplomats not to interfere into Cambodia’s domestic affairs. He also hinted that their statements on court verdicts handed down to any