The restoration team of APSARA National Authority has completed the renovation of Preah Khan Temple’s eastern terrace, the authority said in its news release this morning.
According to the same source, the terrace platform, located east of Preah Khan Temple, is one of the structures of this temple built during the reign of Jayavarman VII between the late 12th and the early 13th century as a pavilion or place for the king to travel by boat to the Neak Poan Temple on the central island of Northern Baray. This type of construction can be seen in Sras Srang, Eastern Barray, and Banteay Chmar Temple.
The structure of this terrace was severely damaged, so in 2022, the APSARA National Authority started studying the project to restore and strengthen this terrace structure.
Mr. Chea Sarith, an archaeologist and head of this terrace restoration project, said that the project was divided into two phases, with the first phase starting in January 2022 and now being completed. He added that this terrace was damaged and lost a lot of stones due to the age of the construction, tree roots, and soil erosion, which led the terrace structure to collapse into the water and so on. Before the restoration process, the team excavated and found some stones and put them back in their original place.
Mr. Sarith confirmed that after the renovation, this terrace will be better and stronger, which retains the original value of the ancient construction, making it possible for tourists to know that this is the terrace (pavilion). In particular, it is convenient for tourists to visit the Preah Khan Temple on the east side and to see the view of Neak Poan Temple on the central island in the Northern Baray.
It should be noted that the eastern terrace of Preah Khan Temple was built on the western embankment of the Northern Baray and it was 20 metres by 20 metres. The site was excavated during the French period in 1928. In 2006, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) studied and excavated this terrace flatform to study its architectural structure, and in 2022, the APSARA National Authority started the restoration project of this terrace.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press