Angkor: The Royal Plaza (Prasat Suor Prat "Towers of the Rope Dancers" and terrace)
"Extensive research has been conducted with a view to restoring this site as part of a project second phase. This restoration work, comparable to that undertaken by the EFEO on the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants, will contribute to the revival of the Royal Plaza, a place of significant cultural importance in Khmer history.
During this research, the architectural details of each tower were examined. A thorough study of the state of conserva-tion of the towers, which are threatened with collapse, was carried out, showing that the repeated contraction and expan-sion of the ground caused by fluctuation in the level of the water table and by heavy rains were the reasons for the tilt of the structures. A restoration project was prepared for two towers, and this was begun in 2002.
In the northern part of Prasat Suor Prat, an excavation survey was conducted to uncover the original structures and clarify alterations to be made during later renovation (rebuilding and extension) of the terrace, as well as of other structures."
Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.8
Angkor is inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1991.
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO