The restoration project of the Bay Kaek temple will be completed by the end of September 2021
Bay Kaek Temple, located in the west of Angkor Wat, is being restored to enhance the temple’s value and cultural landscape as well as to maintain a balance between conservation and sustainable development.
Mr. Srun Tech, an archaeologist at the Department of Conservation of Monuments in Angkor Park and Archeological Prevention, said the Bay Kaek temple had completely collapsed due to age, weather, war, and human factors. Since February 2021, APSARA National Authority has been restoring and strengthening the temple structure. So far, the restoration has been ongoing for about five months, with more than 60% of the work completed. This restoration project is scheduled to finish in the next two months.
He said that for restoring and strengthening the temple structure, the technical team adheres to the recommendations of ICC Angkor’s experts, and the Angkor Charter to maintain the original shape or architectural form of the temple. In this restoring work, the team tries to reuse old stones and only replaces them with new ones about 10% to 15%.
Article: Department of Communication
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