Sambor Prei Kuk Conservation Project

The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk is a significant historic evidence that marks a stage of the state formation in Cambodia. Many religious structures built in the early 7th century and a square moated city with a lot of civil engineering structures are still preserved in the sound condition. A part of this archaeological sites was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017.


Sambor Prei Kuk which means “shrine in rich forest” in Khmer language is located in a lush greenery setting as its name. A lot of the brick structures in quiet scenery forest gives us a sense of long history. The rich vegetation that brings us a wonderful landscape, however, is not all good for the preservation of the ruins. Vegetation grows rapidly in the rainy season causing the destruction of valuable remains. In particular, brick structures are vulnerable to damage due to the growth of vegetation.


Under these severe circumstances, we started archaeological and architectural field research since 1998, and try to illustrate the entire city structure and temple complexes in the 7th century and clarify the historical perspective and sociopolitical structure in the past. In addition, we have been carried out the conservation activities such as weeding grass and removing dangerous trees since 2001 in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Cambodian government. This conservation team also started the restoration work of the brick structures since 2008. Through these continuous activities, the beautiful appearance and setting of the forest and the ruins in harmony has been maintained and improved so far.