Cambodia has secured another UNESCO World Heritage site with the recent inscription of Koh Ker archaeological site. This brings the number of tangible cultural properties listed by UNESCO for Cambodia to four, following Angkor Archeological Park, Temple of Preah Vihear, and the Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk. The Koh Ker archaeological site has been recognized for its exceptional historical and architectural significance, showcasing a tribute to the enduring legacy of Cambodia’s civilization.
Located in the Kulen district in northwestern Preah Vihear province, the site serves as an archaeological marvel with unique-in-style temples, Shiva-lingas sanctuaries, pond, dykes, reservoirs, and ancient roads. The Khmer Empire’s grandeur and influence are evident in the civil structures of the area.
The inscription of Koh Ker on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a result of steady efforts made by the royal government of Cambodia in preserving and developing the country’s cultural properties. Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Manet, expressed his pride over the recognition of Cambodia’s rich heritage on the international arena.
UNESCO acknowledged the exceptional historical and architectural significance of Koh Ker. This is an outstanding achievement that serves as a milestone in the preservation and recognition of Cambodia’s cultural heritage worldwide. The site offers a profound insight into Cambodia’s well-organized regional, social, economic, and architectural development, town planning, and rural infrastructure during the Khmer Empire’s reign.
The inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a testament to Cambodia’s commitment to preserving its treasures for future generations. By showcasing their cultural heritage, Cambodia enhances understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia’s history and world heritage.