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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APSARA conservator Meas Sopheap examines one of the artifacts stored at Angkor Conservation on the outskirts of Siem Reap, 22 January 2016. She hopes that they will soon be able to store the precious items in a temperature and humidity controlled room.