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Temple to be restored

Temple to be restored

A stone wall from the Angkorian-era Banteay Chhmar temple that was damaged in a rainstorm last month will be repaired in July, an official said yesterday.

Yang Tangkouy, a provincial official, said the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is cooperating with UNESCO on the restoration in Banteay Meanchey province’s Thma Puok district.

“We will start to repair the wall, which collapsed during a rainstorm last month, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and UNESCO, and we do not know how much it will cost yet,” he said.

The wall measured 50 metres in length and stood 3.5 metres in height when the heavy storm toppled it. Banteay Chhmar was erected in the 12th and 13th centuries during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.

In 2006, a storm destroyed one of the remote temple complex’s eight remaining towers, according to UNESCO.

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