Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Capital starts heritage buildings survey

Capital starts heritage buildings survey

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The library building for the Preah Sihamoniraja Buddhist University at Svay Po Pe pagoda in Phnom Penh in March. Hong Menea

Capital starts heritage buildings survey

The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to establish a working group to inspect and evaluate old buildings in all districts to strengthen the mechanism for protection and maintenance of structures and as a basis for applying for registration as a heritage building to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

This decision was made during an online meeting chaired by municipal governor Khuong Sreng on measures to prevent the destruction of heritage buildings in the capital on October 22.

“We will set up a team to inspect and compile statistics on all heritage buildings in Phnom Penh. Later, we will hand over the list to all district administrations for further management. This way, we can keep heritage buildings alive,” Sreng said.

The move came after Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a circular on October 12 aiming to prevent the destruction and remodelling of heritage buildings, altering or damaging of religious structures, public and private buildings, ancient villages and houses.

Culture ministry spokesman Long Bunna Sireyvath said on October 24 that the government’s circular was an additional measure to fill in some gaps. He said that sometimes owners of old buildings other than pagodas, which are under the ministry’s jurisdiction, may destroy those buildings through modifications or development as they do not understand their value.

Bunna Sireyvath said the circular is another way to enforce conservation, especially in the capital and some certain provinces such in Battambang, where there are ancient houses. Kratie province also has houses from a previous era.

“Because those buildings belong to citizens, we call for cooperation from the owners and authorities when they want to alter the appearance of buildings. They need to inform the culture ministry, which is responsible for the protection of national heritage,” he said.

UNESCO has lauded the government for issuing the circular to prevent the destruction of heritage buildings in Cambodia in a bid to promote conservation and sustainable development.

“Urban heritage, including its tangible and intangible components, constitutes a key resource in enhancing the liveability and resilience of urban areas, and fosters economic development and social cohesion in a changing environment,” it said in a press statement on October 15.


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a