Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ta Prohm east gate restoration 70 per cent complete

Ta Prohm east gate restoration 70 per cent complete

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Experts are adding new stones to replace those that were lost, to maintain the balance of the gate. The restoration is scheduled for completion by year's end. ANA

Ta Prohm east gate restoration 70 per cent complete

The APSARA National Authority (ANA) said it is repairing the damaged east gate of Ta Prohm Temple.

In collaboration with specialists from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), it is adding new stones to replace those that were lost, to maintain the balance of the gate.

An ANA social media post quoted Pvncm Eswar, head of the ASI restoration team, as saying that the more than year-long renovation, which began in early January 2022, was scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

As of May 24, the east gate restoration project was about 70 per cent completed.

“Experts are currently working on the roof of both sides of the gate. When it is completed, they will proceed to install a centre roof, the final step of the restoration,” he said.

“Although we have already installed new stones, we need to learn more about the construction of the east gate to see how strong it is. As we are constantly monitoring the condition of the stones as we work on them, some problems were identified. The restoration focused on carvings, replacing lost and damaged stones, as well as roof stone trimming and sealing the roof from seepage,” he added.

The ANA said the main challenge of the east gate is the overall structural integrity of the temple, as the roots of large trees have moved the foundations from their original location, causing the stone walls to tear apart and possibly collapse.


  • Ministry taking steps over Thai ‘replica’ of Angkor Wat

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has dispatched experts to inspect the ongoing construction of a temple in Wat Phu Man Fah, located in Thailand’s Buriram province. This temple appears to be a replica of Cambodia’s renowned Angkor Wat. The ministry said

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • PM to open new Siem Reap int’l airport December 1

    Prime Minister Hun Manet and Chinese leaders would jointly participate in the official opening of the new Chinese-invested Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport on December 1. The airport symbolises a new page in the history of Cambodian aviation, which will be able to welcome long-distance flights to

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Minimum wage set at $204, after Sep 28 vote

    The minimum wage for factory workers in the garment, footwear and travel goods industries for 2024 has been decided at $204 per month, with the government contributing $2. Following several negotiation sessions, the tripartite talks reached an agreement during a September 28 vote, with 46 of 51 votes supporting the $202 figure.

  • Thavisin touches down in Phnom Penh for first official visit to an ASEAN member state

    Thailand's newly appointed prime minister Srettha Thavisin has arrived in Cambodia for a one-day visit. The trip marks his first visit to an ASEAN country since taking office and aims to enhance bilateral trade and investment. According to the agenda, Thavisin is scheduled to hold