CAMBODIA, December 5, 2013 (Global Times): More than 300 national and international archeologists and cultural experts gathered here on Thursday to exchange views and design a new-decade action plan on the protection and preservation of the Angkor Wat Temple, a World Heritage site.
Among the foreign guests at the Third Inter-Governmental Conference on the Angkor are French Minister of Culture and Communications Aurelie Filippetti, Japanese Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Yasumasa Nagamine, and Kishore Rao, director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center.
"The conference is the venue for cultural experts, archeologists, and officials from more than 30 countries to meet and exchange views on how advanced technology could be applied for the cultural preservation of Angkor," said a statement.
The Angkor, built between the 9th and 12th century and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992, was removed from the "in danger" status of the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004. The kingdom's largest cultural site attracted two million foreign visitors last year, and some 1.57 million in the first nine months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism.