The Japanese government, via its embassy, has provided an additional $300,000 grant to Cambodia for restoration work and human resource development at the Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Site, according to a joint press release from the embassy and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

The December 12 press release announced the new assistance project, entitled the “Human Resources Development Project in Conservation and Restoration for the Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Site”.

The additional support increases the total grant amount from Japan for the cause to $638,967. Between 2020 and 2024, Japan has contributed to constructing a training facility and procuring restoration materials and equipment for the locale.

“The project, along with the new assistance, will enable Cambodian students and young professionals to acquire advanced, professional skills and knowledge through capacity-building programmes and on-the-job training,” the release stated.

It expressed hope that the grant would facilitate smooth and effective conservation and restoration work at the location.

The Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Site, known as “the temple in the richness of the forest”, was identified as Ishanapura, the ancient capital of the Chenla Empire, which ruled in the late 6th and early 7th centuries. It was designated a World Heritage Site in July 2017.