Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

Banteay Chhmar, an ancient Khmer archaeological site in northwestern Cambodia, is in a state of collapse after 800 years without conservation. This group discusses conservation, threats and long-term preservation.

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GHF Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

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Collapsed Wall in the NE Sector

Started by Dan Thompson Jun 20, 2014. 0 Replies

On 1 April, 2014, strong winds caused the collapse of a 15-meter stretch of the bas-relief wall in the northeast sector.  To address this situation, Global Heritage Fund is partnering with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development through its Cultural Emergency Response program.The immediate needs are: We would like to thank the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development for supporting the efforts of restoring the wall through its Cultural Emergency Response program.1. Building a temporary shelter next to the collapsed zone to protect the area.2. Surveying, recording, and scanning the fallen stones to see what emergency and/or temporary repairs must be undertaken on the stones.3. Carefully storing the fallen stones into a secure shelter prior to the monsoon.4. Setting up emergency propping of adjacent standing parts of the wall to prevent further collapses.Work has already started, and it is expected that these critical first steps will be completed in the next few months.Continue

Restoring an Artistic Treasure at Banteay Chhmar

Started by Global Heritage Network Sep 5, 2012. 0 Replies

One day, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara gazed down upon the Six Realms of existence and was saddened by what he saw there.  Despite his vow to help all other sentient beings attain enlightenment, every day there was more suffering in the world, and he could not see an end to it.In despair, he cried out to the Buddha Amitabha for help – and was answered.  The Buddha gave Avalokiteshvara eleven heads with which to hear the pleas and prayers of those who suffer, one thousand arms with which to reach out to them, and, pressed into the palms of his many hands, one thousand eyes to keep guard and help beings see the path towards enlightenment. This popular…Continue

Tags: Chhmar, Avalokiteshvara, Buddha, Banteay, Cambodia

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Comment by Global Heritage Network on August 29, 2014 at 10:15am
Update from the Field: Read about GHF's latest restoration progress at Banteay Chhmar:

Comment by Andrew Marino on August 27, 2014 at 7:32pm

Please visit the Banteay Chhmar CBT's new website page and wonderful new activity in partnership with Khiri Travel.

Comment by Andrew Marino on June 17, 2013 at 7:45pm

I hope the group is interested in this latest discovery

Lasers reveal Angkor city four times bigger than previously believed

Comment by Andrew Marino on May 28, 2013 at 6:33pm

I thought I would let everyone know that we had an excellent visit from Operation Groundswell last week. This tour company donated $1,000 toward a water filter pilot project to be managed by the CBT. They also contributed more money and their time toward repairing three villager's homes in very poor condition. Plus, they still had time to enjoy a temple tour, play soccer with the kids and have a grilled fish picnic. More can be found on our monthly update for May on the CBT website and our Facebook page.

Comment by Dan Thompson on April 23, 2013 at 10:09am

Thanks for the update, Andrew - that's a great improvement to the site!

Comment by Andrew Marino on April 22, 2013 at 11:41pm

The Banteay Chhmar CBT website is now available in multiple languages. Simply scroll to the bottom of the home page, or any page and select your language of choice. The translation quality should be pretty accurate. If you think a language is needed, please let me know. Thanks.

Comment by Andrew Marino on January 2, 2013 at 6:20pm

I should let the network know that anyone can sign up for our monthly updates, biannual and special email newsletters on our Banteay Chhmar CBT home page.

Comment by Andrew Marino on January 2, 2013 at 6:15pm


They tell me that this is a burial site, not a settlement. I will keep you posted and hopefully get a copy of the report when it's finished.

Comment by Dan Thompson on January 2, 2013 at 11:09am

Thanks for the link to the photos, Andrew.  Are these burials in isolation, or has an associated settlement been located?

Comment by Andrew Marino on December 23, 2012 at 7:30pm

There is a fascinating archaeological dig taking place about 4km from the Banteay Chhmar Temple. The site is called Kok Treas and is believed to be about 2,000 years old. So far, workers from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts have unearthed the remains of three bodies, some pottery, tools and a fire pit. This area has already been heavily looted and is also the site of the bypass road now being built. The project will continue for about another month. You can view some photos here on our new Picasa Web Albums page.


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