Conservation of Angkor

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Angkor spreads over an area exceeding 400 square kilometres and is a symbol of Cambodia.  With a history of predominantly foreign conservation experts working to preserve the site, the APSARA Authority - the government body responsible for the management and maintenance of the historic site - is currently working with foreign NGOs and universities to train up local Cambodians with the aim of responsibility for Angkor's future being handed back to local Cambodians.  I was fortunate to get a glimpse into early stages of the passing of the torch back to the Khmer people.

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Francesca Taormina of Palermo University meticulously applies mortar and bonding to cracks in a window column in Angkor Wat, 21 January 2016. Palermo University is working in conjunction with APSARA's Stone Conservation Unit, UNESCO, and the Cambodian Ministry of Fine Arts to conserve stone artifacts in Angkor.