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APSARA NATIONAL AUTHORITY - SIEM REAP - KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Angkor is a proud symbol of the Cambodian nation and Khmer culture. It is one of the world’s most extraordinary heritage sites and part of humanity’s common inheritance. The Cambodian people are committed to be responsible custodians of the cultural past they have inherited.
H.E.Dr. PHOEURNG Sackona
MINISTER OF CULTURE AND FINE ARTS AND PRESIDENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF APSARA NATIONAL AUTHORITY
The Authority for the protection of the site and the Management of the Region of Angkor, APSARA National Authority, was established in 1995 in response to, in particular, one of the conditions for the inscription of the Angkor Site into the World Heritage List in December 1992 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
During the 19th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, in December 1995, The Royal Government of Cambodia made the announcement of the Establishment of the APSARA National Authority and it was welcomed with satisfaction by the international community.
As a public administrative institution that has the mandate of maintaining, preserving, and managing the Angkor site, APSARA National Authority always devotes greater attention to the effective implementation of relevant legal documents in the national and international frameworks. APSARA National Authority strongly adheres to the cultural policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, especially the promotion, preservation, and integration of Khmer culture into the international community by putting forth the concept of “conservation or sustainable development and sustainable development for conservation” as the guiding principle to fulfill its mandate. Maintaining a balance between conservation and sustainable development is very important to ensure the harmonization of heritage conservation in the context of modern technological advancement.
On the other hand, as Angkor is a World Heritage Site, the APSARA National Authority has a greater responsibility to the Cambodian people and the citizen of the world to ensure that Angkor, the world’s greatest heritage, is well preserved and managed properly.
H.E.Dr. HANG Peou
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE APSARA NATIONAL AUTHORITY
Hello! Welcome to the official website of APSARA National Authority!
2022 is the year that the APSARA National Authority celebrates the 30th anniversary of the inscription of Angkor into the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the 30 years of protection, conservation, and management of the Angkor site, despite facing difficulties, the APSARA National Authority has reached historical milestones. Among the most notable achievements was the decision officially proclaimed by the World Heritage Committee in 2004 that Angkor was no longer in danger. The decision of the World Heritage Committee is a testimony to the effective cooperation between the APSARA National Authority and its international partners that all the temples in the Angkor site are well preserved.
At the same time, APSARA National Authority was able to maintain the practice of traditional beliefs of the local people in Angkor, which is an important element of the intangible values of the Angkor site. The restoration of the Angkor Hydraulic Network also contributed significantly to enhancing the outstanding universal value of Angkor, especially the re-emergence of the Angkorian cultural landscape in the 21st century.
In addition, APSARA National Authority has rehabilitated many infrastructures as part of its contribution to socio-economic development through tourism. On this note, I would like to reiterate that Angkor is a must-visit tourist destination in the Kingdom of Cambodia and also a major tourist destination in Southeast Asia.
The future vision of the APSARA Authority would be to ensure its excellence by promoting institutional professional capacity, aiming to achieve the sustainability of Cambodians restoring the temples of Khmer ancestors. In addition, the APSARA National Authority also has the inspiration to become a training hub for the next generation on conservation and management of the heritage.