Come July, the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum in Siem Reap opens its doors to a captivating year-long exhibition. This interpretive showcase, featuring cultural and archaeological artefacts donated by Angkor locals, is primed for students, educators, researchers, and the broader public, announced the APSARA National Authorities on June 28.
“The display comprises 16 exquisite brown and green pottery pieces, smoothly layered and fired between 1,000 and 1,200 degrees Celsius,” Khoy Savoeut, the museum’s acting director, expressed.
He added that these ceramic fragments, alongside prehistoric and sacred items, were sourced from Wat Arany Rainsy in Trapaeng Tim village, Kandek commune, Bakong district of Siem Reap province, each bearing distinct ages and origins.
The acting director also suggested that the exhibition is a testament to Cambodia’s rich civilisation history, and he stressed the importance of appreciating these diverse cultural and archaeological treasures in order to better grasp the historical narrative.
Moreover, this exposition is a prime opportunity for visitors to understand the public’s role in preserving antiquities and sustaining national heritage. This understanding will form an integral part of the display from July 3 onwards.
“The museum’s curatorial staff will share the latest findings related to research, religious practices, ancient commerce, and how the general public can actively contribute to the sustainable preservation of Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage,” Savoeut further added.
The Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum, formally inaugurated in 2008, has an established tradition of safeguarding countless ancient artefacts excavated from the area. Located in Boeung Don Pa village, Slor Kram commune, Siem Reap town, the museum doors are open to both national and international visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
In keeping with its mission, the museum regularly conducts exhibitions and workshops, shedding light on the significant preservation work done for the Angkor region’s archaeological and cultural artefacts.