APSARA National Authority is embarking on the restoration process of the Takav Gate
The Takav Gate is one of the five gates of the Angkor Thom in the west of Bayon temple. The gate was built by using sandstones and laterites with smiling four-faced tower, up to 23 meters high. As per the corner of the gate, there was a sculpture of the Indra on the three-headed elephant and there are god and giant sculptures along side the bridge just outside the gate.
Due to the climate, weather and war, the trees grow and the structure of the gate has been severely damaged.
Ms. Han Sochakry, an architect in charge of the restoration of the god and giant sculptures on the bridge, said that there are three main tasks involved:
- Working on safe scaffolding installation and recollecting the stones of the statues for their reinstatement. During the project, there will be an archaeological team also on site
- The restoration of the northwest corner sculptures and
- The restoration of the bridge for 10-meter long. For the above restoration work will be applied at the same time, simultaneously.
Please note that the ground breaking event for the restoration was held on February 21, attended by Her Excellncy Mrs. Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Assembly–Senate Relations and Inspection, Her Excellncy Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, and Her Excellency Mrs. Sieng Chan Heng.