Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Dragon king’ statue found in Siem Reap

‘Dragon king’ statue found in Siem Reap

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A statue sits on a pedestal at a pagoda in Siem Reap after it was discovered by a pair of cowherds last week. Aspara authority

‘Dragon king’ statue found in Siem Reap

Villagers in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Chum district have uncovered an ancient statue in the shape of a dragon and won the right to keep it at the local pagoda, believing it will bring luck to the village.

Two cowherds discovered the statue when they were out in the fields on Friday.

The pair thought they had heard a frog call from a hole and began to dig up the ground in search of an afternoon snack.

But instead they revealed the priceless artefact.

According to an announcement from the Apsara Authority, the body that oversees the Angkor Archeological Park, said the villagers believed the statue was a representation of an ancient dragon king, who would bestow happiness on the Kok Doung commune villagers if they prayed to it.

“It is the villagers’ belief that the statue is a kind of dragon king who appeared now to bring happiness to the villages, and the Apsara Authority thought that the villagers will take good care this statue,” the statement says.

The statue is now on display at a local pagoda.

Houn Nouy, one of the two cattle farmers who found the statue, said he was not sure of its origin or value.

“The villagers were surprised about this dragon statue. We think the statue has appeared to give happiness to the villagers,” he said.

An Apsara Authority representative could not be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the