APSARA National Authority Restoring Prohm Kel Temple

The restoration team of the Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventive Archaeology of the APSARA National Authority continues the restoration work of Prohm Kel Temple, located in the northwest of Angkor Wat Temple, to make sure that the entire structure of the temple is strong again, according to the authority’s news release.

Mr. Mao Sokny, head of the Prohm Kel Temple restoration site and architect of the Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventive Archaeology, said the Prohm Kel Temple was severely damaged, some stones fell, and half part of the central tower collapsed.

To restore the structure of the temple after inspecting the damaged condition, experts are currently working to repair the Prohm Kel Temple starting from the end of August 2023, he pointed out.

He added that at this stage, experts have continued to excavate to study the internal structure of the temple and the height and collapse of the temple. After that, they start numbering the stones and move some of the remaining stones in both the east and north corners, then number the stones to each layer to move out, and start strengthening the foundation from the bottom up.

Mr. Mao Sokny further stated that after moving the stones to the foundation of the temple, experts will study more about the stone layers to know which part is the strongest or most corrupt, then start to strengthen the foundation by adding stones. Although some new ones replace the old ones, experts will try to fix the foundations of the temple by default.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)