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A member of the British royal family appeals for funds to help restore Banteay Chmar temple

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

By Khmerization
Source: DAP News

A cousin of the queen of England, Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, is appealing for funds to help restore Cambodia's Banteay Chmar temple which is in dire need of repair and restoration, reports Deum Ampil.

Prince Richard, who carries the royal title of the Duke of Gloucester, made an appeal during his visit to the temple on Monday 28th June to assess Cambodia's application to list the temple as a world heritage site.

Banteay Chmar temple is situated in Banteay Chmar village in Puok district near the Khmer-Thai border, 60 kilometres north of the Banteay Meanchey provincial capital. It was built at the end of 12th century and completed at the beginning 13th century during the reign of King Jayavarman VII to dedicated it to his sons and 4 Cambodian military commanders who died during a military campaign to repel the Cham invaders in 1177. On 8th of August 2009, the Cambodian government had submitted an application for a world heritage site listing.

Ms. Helen and Ms. Jane Syklat (spelling?), Unesco's representaives who accompanied Prince Richard to the temple, said Unesco is impressed with Banteay Chmar temple and promised that Unesco will help Cambodia to conserve and restore this temple. Ms. Helen added that the world wanted to see Banteay Chmar temple because it is one of Cambodia's best kept secret temples.



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