Temple Watch: Banteay Chhmar

Temple Watch: Banteay Chhmar

srphotobyline.jpg
srphotobyline.jpg

The huge temple site of Banteay Chhmar 70 kilometres from Sisophon, has Bayon-style towers and bas reliefs, including a magnificent and unique 32-armed Vishnu. The temple has been getting more attention from restoration teams lately. The Global Heritage Fund, based in California, is sponsoring a five-year restoration by the South Asian Conservation & Restoration Agency. The intention is to preserve Banteay Chhmar as a partial ruin with safer access for visitors, as well as benefit the local community by improving water access, supporting village home stays, food facilities and tourism development. The renovation of the eastern walls has become more extensive and progress has been made in rebuilding the walls with their impressive bas reliefs. New excavations have exposed part of the eastern terrace. Trees have been planted along the approach, and a small parking area can now take two vehicles! With only 100 visitors a month in peak season and improved road links, it's a great place for a day out without crowds. Within the village lies the single tower of Ta Prohm, and this moated temple has a classic four-faced tower. There has been extensive work here too, clearing vegetation.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said