Ancient Khmer Families Discovered Living in Southern China

By Kent Davis (Devata.org)

Xishuangbanna, “Twelve Thousand Rice Fields,” is the poetic name of this semi-tropical paradise, hidden in the mountains of Southern China. On a recent visit, Cambodian scholars discovered a living connection to their Khmer homeland: families descended from ancient elephant drivers who never returned to Angkor.

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Xishuangbanna, China – Xishuangbanna — known in the Thai-Lao dialects as “Sipsongpanna” (สิบสองพันนา) — is an autonomous prefecture at the southern tip of China’s Yunnan province filled with an exotic diversity of people, plants and animals. There, the colorful culture points to strong connections between these Chinese people and their southern neighbors in Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and beyond.

Radio Free America (RFA) now reports that a group of researchers from the Royal Academy of Cambodia have found a group of more than 1,000 ethnic Khmers living in the area, evidently descended from 13th century exchanges between the Khmer Empire and the Chinese Emperors of that era. The team, led by H.E. Sum Chhum Bun, Secretary General of the academy, next plans to investigate the southern migrations of ethnic Tais into what is now Thailand.

Xishuanbanna (known as Sipsong Panna in the Thai-Lao dialects) is a melting pot for the ancient cultures of China and Southeast Asia. Note the Mekong River, the key artery that connects the entire region.

According to the RFA report, “The Khmer king sent two families of mohouts (elephant drivers) to help care for the (Chinese emperor’s) elephants. Later, the Khmer king learned that the emperor enjoyed Khmer food so he sent two more families to cook for the emperor. Today, local ethnic Khmers here still say that the four families of their ancestors came to China from Cambodia. They also speak some of the ancient Khmer language that they remember”

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Wild elephants like those that the ancient Khmer “mohouts” came to tame for the Chinese emperor on behalf of their king in Angkor.

The assimilation is not surprising and has been occurring in the region for thousands of years. Reports as early as the 6th century B.C. indicate that the Tai cultivated rice in lowland areas. During the first millennium A.D., Tai speaking tribes from the mountainous plateau near the Yangtze River had already begun moving southward. Meanwhile, to the south, the Khmer civilization grew in what is now Cambodia. Khmer influence then  spread northward, sharing their religion, technology, architecture and system of government.

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This pavilion in Xishuanbanna evokes Khmer architectural style.

Tai and Khmer groups blended until 1,238 A.D. when the Tai (Thai) people organized a distinct nation based in Sukhothai, previously the northwestern capital of the Angkorean government. This divisive development weakened the Khmer empire north of the Dangrek Mountains however strong ties, often through intermarriage, continued to exist throughout the region.

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“A Record of Cambodia: Its Land and its People” by Zhou Daguan.

The Lao kingdom of Lan Xang (A Million Elephants) that formed adjacent to Xishuangbanna also has strong connections to the Khmer empire based in Angkor.

Chinese diplomat Zhou Daguan penned his Record of Cambodia in this era, which still remains the only eyewitness account of the Khmer capital at Angkor.

Simultaneously, Marco Polo was making his unforgettable journeys through China. While Marco ventured into the mountainous regions of Southern China he never visited Cambodia like Zhou Daguan.

With the discovery of Khmer people in China, Cambodian researchers are now interested in exploring the connection with modern descendents of both Tai and Khmer people in Xishuangbanna. H.E. Sum Chhum Bun says that the initial research would take between six months and a year to complete and would be compiled into a book and a documentary film.

Similarities to Khmer Culture in China

In researching this story, we found these interesting photos to share.

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Xishuanbanna natives display a greeting instantly familiar to Cambodian and Thai visitors.

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Nearby forests reminiscent to those of Angkor.

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Colorfully dressed Pi-Nong Dai women at a festival.

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Umbrellas, a sign of royalty throughout Southeast Asia and India, are featured in Xishuanbanna dances and festivals.

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Of special significance is the Xishuanbanna water festival, coinciding with Khmer, Thai and Lao new year celebrations on April 13-15 each year.

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Around a central square featuring an elephant fountain the Xishuanbanna water festival is as wet as in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

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Far from the Khmer empire, naga dragons still protect sacred places.

Xishuangbanna Map

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Xishuangbanna Map – Click for larger size.

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ភ្នំពេញៈ ទីបំផុត​ ទស្សនាវដ្តីកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ​ លេខ២ ត្រូវបានបោះពុម្ពផ្សាយជាសាធារណៈ នាថ្ងៃ​ទី ២០ ខែធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ២០១២​ ស្របពេលវេលានាថ្ងៃចុងក្រោយរបស់កិច្ច​ប្រជុំកំពូលអាស៊ានលើកទី២១ និង​កិច្ចប្រជុំកំពូលដែលពាក់ព័ន្ធនានា។ ទស្សនាវដ្តីកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ​អាចបោះពុម្ពផ្សាយជាផ្លូវការក្រោម​ការ​ឧបត្ថម្ភទាំងស្រុងពីសំណាក់ឯកឧត្ត​ម ខៀវ កាញារីទ្ធ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីក្រសួង​ព័ត៌មាន និងជាប្រធាន​កិត្តិយសនៃមូលនិធិកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ និង​លោកជំទាវ។ ដើម្បីជាកិច្ច​ស្វាគមន៍ដល់ភ្ញៀវជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ ដែលអញ្ជើញចូលរួមក្នុង​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំកំពូលជាប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រនេះ ទស្សនាវដ្តីជាច្រើនរយច្បាប់ត្រូវ​បាន​យកទៅដាក់នៅក្នុង​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលព័ត៌មាន នៃបរិវេណកន្លែង​ប្រជុំកំពូល នៅទីស្តីការគណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី។ (ចំពោះរូបភាពនៃ​ការចេញផ្សាយទស្សនាវដ្តី កេរដំណែលខ្មែរ លេខទី២ សូមចុច)

ខាង​ក្រោមនេះ គឺ​ជាសារលិខិត​ជូនពររបស់ឯកឧត្តមរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ខៀ​វ កាញារីទ្ធ នៅក្នុង​ឳកាសនៃ​ការចេញផ្សាយទស្សនា​វដ្តីកេរដំណែលខ្មែរលេខទី ២ ឆ្នាំ២០១២។


H.E Khieu Kanharith, minister of Information, honorary president of KDNK Founation, reads Kerdomnel Khmer Magazine.

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នៅក្នុងពេលដែលកម្ពុជាកំពុងតែបំពេញតួនាទីជាប្រធាន និងជាម្ចាស់ផ្ទះសម្រាប់ការរៀបចំកិច្ចប្រជុំកំពូលអាស៊ានលើកទី ២១ ខ្ញុំមានកិតិ្តយសសូមណែនាំជូនថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំនៃបណ្តាប្រទេសជាមិត្ត និងសហគមន៍អន្តរជាតិ ព្រមទាំងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរគ្រប់រូប ជាពិសេសប្អូនៗ ក្មួយៗយុវជនដែលជាទំពាំងស្នងឬស្សីនូវ យុវជនស្ថាបនិកនៃ “មូលនិធិកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ” ដែលមានឆន្ទៈ និងទឹកចិត្តស្រឡាញ់ការសិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវផ្នែកវប្បធម៌ និងអារ្យធម៌ខ្មែរ ដែលបានរួមគ្នាចងក្រង និងបោះពុម្ពផ្សាយចេញជាទស្សនាវដ្តី “កេរដំណែលខ្មែរ” ដែលជាទស្សនាវដ្តីផ្នែកវប្បធម៌ដំបូងគេនៅក្នុងព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា។ នេះគឺជាមោទនភាពសម្រាប់ប្រជាជាតិខ្មែរ ដែលចាប់តាំងពីរបបខ្មែរក្រហមបានដួលរំលំនៅក្នុងឆ្នាំ១៩៧៩ យើងបានរៀបចំហេត្ថារចនាសម្ព័ន្ធសង្គមលើគ្រប់វិស័យចេញពីចំណុចសូន្យ ជាពិសេសគឺការបណ្តុះធនធានមនុស្សដែលការងារនេះយើងជួបប្រទះនូវការលំបាកជាច្រើន ហើយរហូតមកដល់ពេលនេះកម្ពុជាកំពុងតែឈានឡើងជាបណ្តើរៗទាំងការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ជាតិ និងធនធានមនុស្ស ក្រោមការដឹកនាំរបស់សម្តេចអគ្គមហាសេនាបតីតេជោ ហ៊ុន សែន នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រីនៃព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា តាមរយៈការអនុវត្តន៍នូវយុទ្ធសាស្ត្រចតុកោណរបស់រាជរដ្ឋា ភិបាល។ ក្រុមស្ថាបនិកនៃមូលនិធិកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ ដែលសុទ្ធសឹងតែជាយុវជន បាន និងកំពុងធ្វើសកម្មភាពជាច្រើនតាមរយៈកម្មវិធី និងបេសកកម្មក្នុងការជួយផ្សព្វផ្សាយ អប់រំ លើកស្ទួយ ការពារ និងថែរក្សាសម្បតិ្តបេតិកភណ្ឌវប្បធម៌ជាតិ ដែលទង្វើទាំងនេះក៏បានរួមចំណែកជួយដល់រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលក្នុងការផ្សព្វផ្សាយជូនដល់ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរបានស្វែងយល់ និងស្គាល់អំពីតម្លៃវប្បធម៌ជាតិ។ តាមរយៈសៀវភៅទស្សនាវដ្តី “កេរដំណែលខ្មែរ” ដែលលោកអ្នកកំពុងកាន់អាននឹងដៃនេះ ខ្ញុំសង្ឃឹមថាលោកអ្នកនឹងបានទទួលនូវចំណេះដឹងបន្ថែមលើការសិក្សាផ្នែកបុរាណវិទ្យា វប្បធម៌ សិល្បៈ ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ ស្ថាបត្យកម្ម ល្ខោន តន្ត្រី និងភាពយន្តទេសចរណ៍ ព្រមទាំងរបកគំហើញថ្មីៗនៃការសិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវលើផ្នែកបុរាណវិទ្យា នៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជាយើង ក៍ដូចជានៅក្នុងតំបន់អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍ផងដែរ។ ជាងនេះទៅទៀត ខ្ញុំសង្ឃឹមយ៉ាងមុតមាំថាយុវជនខ្មែរជំនាន់ក្រោយនឹងខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងរៀនសូត្រដើម្បីបម្រើជាតិមាតុភូមិ ជាពិសេសគឺត្រូវស្វែងយល់នូវដើមកំណើតនៃវប្បធម៌របស់ខ្មែរ ដើម្បីរួបរួមគ្នាក្នុងការកសាងព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា អោយឈានទៅរកការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ដូចជាប្រទេសនៅក្នុងតំបន់ និងនៅលើឆាកអន្តរជាតិ។ ឆ្លៀតក្នុងឳកាសដ៏មានអត្ថន័យនៃការចេញផ្សាយនូវទស្សនាវដ្តី “កេរដំណែលខ្មែរ” លេខ២ នេះ ខ្ញុំក៏សូមអំពាវនាវដល់ស្ថាប័នរដ្ឋ និងឯកជន ស្ថានទូតនានា អង្គការក្រៅរដ្ឋាភិបាល ប្រធានក្រុមហ៊ុន សប្បុរសជនជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ ព្រមទាំងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរទាំងក្នុង និងក្រៅប្រទេស សូមមេត្តារួមចំណែកជួយឧបត្ថម្ភគាំទ្រទាំងស្មារតី និងសម្ភារៈដល់ មូលនិធិកេរដំណែលខ្មែរ ដើម្បីអាចបន្តនិរន្តភាពលើការងារគម្រោងរបស់ខ្លួនទៅថ្ងៃអនាគតក្នុងបុព្វហេតុស្រាវជ្រាវ ចងក្រងឯកសារ ផ្សព្វ ផ្សាយ លើកស្ទួយ ការពារ និងថែរក្សាសម្បតិ្តវប្បធម៌របស់ជាតិខ្មែរ។ជាទីអវសាន្ត ទូលព្រះបង្គំជាខ្ញុំ សូមក្រាបថ្វាយបង្គំដល់ព្រះវិញ្ញាណក្ខ័ន្ធនៃព្រះបរមសព ព្រះករុណាព្រះបាទសម្តេចព្រះ នរោត្តម សីហនុ ព្រះវីរមហាក្សត្រ ព្រះវររាជបិតាឯករាជ្យ និងឯកភាពជាតិខ្មែរ សូមព្រះវិញ្ញាណក្ខ័ន្ធរបស់ព្រះអង្គបានយាងទៅកាន់សុគតិភព និងឆាប់បានយាងប្រសូតនៅស្ថានទេវលោក។ ទូលព្រះបង្គំជាខ្ញុំ ក៏សូមបួងសូងដល់គ្រប់វត្ថុសក្តិសិទ្ធក្នុងលោក សូមលោកថ្វាយព្រះពរបវរមហាប្រសើរថ្វាយដល់ ព្រះមហាក្សត្រីយានី នរោត្តម មុនីនាថ សីហនុ ព្រះវររាជមាតាជាតិខ្មែរ និងសូមថ្វាយដល់ ព្រះករុណា ព្រះបាទសម្តេចព្រះបរមនាថ នរោត្តម សីហមុនី ព្រះមហាក្សត្រនៃព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា សូមព្រះអង្គមានព្រះសុខភាពល្អបរិបូរណ៍ និងព្រះជន្មាយុយឺនយូរ ដើម្បីគង់ប្រថាប់ជាម្លប់ដ៏ត្រជាក់ដល់កូនចៅ និងប្រទេសជាតិទាំងមូល។
ឆ្លៀតក្នុងឳកាសខួបលើកទី ៥៩ នៃទិវាបុណ្យឯករាជ្យជាតិនៃកម្ពុជា ថ្ងៃទី៩ វិចិ្ឆកា ឆ្នាំ ១៩៥៣ – ២០១២ និងក្នុងឳកាសនៃកិច្ចប្រជុំកំពូលអាស៊ានលើកទី២១នេះ ខ្ញុំសូមបួងសួងដល់គុណព្រះរតនត្រ័យ សូមជូនពរដល់សម្តេចអគ្គមហាធម្មពោធិ៍សាល ជា ស៊ីម ប្រធានព្រឹទ្ធសភា សម្តេចអគ្គមហាពញាចក្រី ហេង សំរិន ប្រធានរដ្ឋសភា សម្តេចអគ្គមហាសេនាបតីតេជោ ហ៊ុន សែន នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី និងឯកឧត្តម លោកជំទាវ ថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំជាន់ខ្ពស់នៃព្រឹទ្ធសភា រដ្ឋសភា និងរាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា ព្រមទាំងប្រមុខថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំនៃបណ្តាប្រទេសអាស៊ាន និងថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំនៃប្រទេសមហាអំណាចដែលបានចូលរួមក្នុងកិច្ចប្រជុំនេះ ព្រមទាំងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរទាំងអស់ សូមជួបប្រទះតែនឹងពុទ្ធពរទាំង ៤ ប្រការគឺ អាយុ វណ្ណៈ សុខៈ ពលៈ កុំបីឃ្លៀងឃ្លាតឡើយ និងសូមទទួលបាននូវជោគជ័យគ្រប់ភារកិច្ច។ធ្វើនៅរាជធានីភ្នំពេញ, ថ្ងៃទី ១៥ ខែ វិចិ្ឆកា ឆ្នាំ២០១២
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SIEM REAP IN DIVERS VIEWS – The land of mystery through the views of the I-user

By CHEN Chanratana, Photos by: CHHENG Sopheak and Kerdomnel Khmer

(For blogpost Contest during BlogFestAsia 2012, from 1st to 5th Nov. 2012)

The modern Asian nation of Cambodia is the birthplace of one of humankind’s most significant civilizations. Beginning nearly two thousand years ago, the Khmer people developed advanced systems of art, architecture, government, science, and religion comparable to those of the Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans, Indians and Chinese.

Today, Khmer influence remains prominent in Southeast Asia, with its traditions perpetuated in the neighboring nations of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. In northern Cambodia we find the wellspring of Khmer culture—the ancient city of Angkor that UNESCO recognizes as a World Heritage Site. These historic and artistic assets, combined with Cambodia’s abundance of cultural treasures, attract millions of local and international visitors each year. Out of the tourist sites in Cambodia, the  northwest province of Siem Reap (310 Km from the Capital of Phnom Penh) is the most developed region. This article showcases whys and hows of the changes which Siem Reap is experiencing.

Angkor Wat Temple

What have we learned from the history of this land, Siem Reap?

Archaeological and historical views:

Archaeological excavations near Baksei Chamkrong Temple, near Bakheng Mountain in this province, give evidence that this area has been populated since the Iron age. Two nearby burial sites have yielded pottery and a 3,000-year-old skeleton: one at Koh Ta Meas in the Western Baray; and a second at Prei Khmeng. Both sites raise awareness about the importance of the Pre-Angkorian period. Recently, the biggest kiln site in Southeast Asia was also discovered near Angkor. Moreover, for almost 600 years from the 9th to 15th centuries AD, Siem Reap was the capitol of the vast Khmer Empire. This era stretched from King Jayavarman II’s unification of the country in 802 AD until King Ponhea Yat abandoned Yasodharapura (Angkor Thom) in 1431 AD to move to the city of Chak Tomuk.

Religious views

During this span of 600 years, the Angkor area remained as the main administration point of Cambodia, and many religious monuments were built around. This was due to two reasons: religious and political. Most of the temples are constructed to dedicate to the God, both Hindu and Buddhist. At the same time, it provided the opportunity to the rulers to express the power of Khmer sovereign during the Angkor period. Among the mega-structures created around, Angkor Wat grew as the largest Hindu monument in the World. During 16th century, it became the famous Buddhist worship place for the pilgrims came for many Asian countries. The epigraphic records on the pillars and steles tell us of people not only from Cambodia visiting the place but also from Myanmar, China and Japan etc.

Researching and Social views      

Following French researcher Henri Mouhot’s arrival at Angkor in 1863, Siem Reap has attracted countless Western scholars to focus their archaeological, architectural and historical skills on understanding the Khmer civilization. Meanwhile, local villagers have been trained to work restoring the temples and conserving Khmer cultural heritage.

Life on the river

Here we find the original style of culture and belief in the daily life of people

Beside the historical, architectural and religious context, the local Siem Reap residents, especially those living in the Angkor area, maintain their own ancestral traditions and beliefs, with many practiced since ancient times. Today, we can learn a great deal about ancient times by studying their traditions of living, cooking, wedding, cultivating, and religious practices. A charming, friendly people, Cambodian greet each other and visitors with sincere smiles of welcome.

Smilling Khmer Women Cambodian Children

Siem Reap, new perspectives after 1993

Attracted site for the project of restoration

While Angkor Wat was named a World Heritage site in 1992, it was also added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. At that time, the incomparable site was threatened by pillaging, destruction from illegal excavations. Also, from the Pol Pot regime, many land mines still existed. In 1993, Unesco launched a major campaign to restore and safeguard Angkor. Since then, many international experts from developed countries in Asia, Europe, America such as: France, Germany, Italy, Swiss, Hungary, USA, Japan, China, India, Australia…etc., have come to Cambodia to work on restoration and conservation projects in the Angkor area temples.

Apsara of Angkor Wat Temple

Attracted site for the tourist

Siem Reap has also become a major destination for tourists worldwide. Because of tourism development, many Cambodian people have migrated to Siem Reap city for employment opportunities. In the short time from 1993 to 2000 Siem Reap changed very quickly from a small town to the most important and most developed city in Cambodia outside of Phnom Penh.

Local tourist Cambodia’s tourism theme is the “Kingdom of Culture and Wonder.” In 2011, the Ministry of Tourism reports that Cambodia welcomed 2,8 million international tourists, creating 350,000 jobs and generating revenue of 1,912 million US dollars. In the first 8 months of 2012, there were 2.3 million international tourists, an increase of 24,5% compared to the same period in 2011 (15%).

Angkor Wat remains the top destination for international tourists. The royal government of Cambodia anticipates that Cambodia will receive 4,5 million international tourists in 2015, and 7 million in 2020, generating revenue of 5,000 million US dollars and creating an estimated 800,0000 related jobs. Local tourism is also expected to increase.

Today, along with all 23 provinces of Cambodia, Siem Reap is creating a strategic plan of Tourism Development for 2012-2020 focusing on 6 important points:

1-Tourism product development

2-Tourism marketing and promotion

3-Travel, facilities and transportation

4-Tourism safety systems and negative impact management

5-Legal system and management mechanism and

6- Human resource development.

The theme for these efforts is “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service”.

Angkor Wat Temple

Sunset views from Bakheng Temple (Photo: Dyna Khuon, facebook)

International tourist at Bakheng Temple (Photo: Dyna Khuon, facebook)

What happened in Siem Reap during the first week of November 2012?

The first week of November 2012 gave us a great opportunity to conduct two important events in this province: one is the Asian Cultural Week and another one is the BlogFest.Asia 2012. The last event which was held at Build Bright University, Siem Reap is very important for young Cambodian bloggers who shared their experience with international bloggers from 15 countries such as: Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh, Sweden, USA, etc.). This is also the region’s third transnational gathering of the blogger community under the aegis of BlogFestAsia. This event of Asian bloggers and technologists was previously held in Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Therefore, this event welcomes everyone to join in celebrating the growing community of bloggers in ASEAN region. Sit is moment of great pride for young Cambodian generation, who can make this important happen. We also learnt a lot of things about the new emerging technologies and rapid expansion of internet, e-mail and e-commerce. Access to global information and knowledge is now much easier than before. In this context, the role of bloggers, technologists as well as IT professionals is much important and crucial, and it is a great opportunity for the Cambodian bloggers and technologists to meet their friends around the region and the rest of the world to share their knowledge and creativity.

What will happen in Siem Reap next year?

To be proud of the nation in the coming year 2013, Cambodia will be the chief of Unesco committee and we will organize the 37th annual meeting of World Heritage Committee, held in July 2013 in Siem Reap province. There are many new perspectives for Siem Reap, but this province still has many hidden cultural treasures that need to be studied and developed to understand the history, art, archaeology, architecture, culture, tradition and daily life of the people. All Cambodian people, especially the younger generations, should join this effort and devote their attention to these vital issues. Together we can protect to keep the value of Cambodian cultural heritage and for Khmer identity.

By CHEN Chanratana, Siem Reap 3rd Nov. 2012.

(www.kerdomnelkhmer.wordpress.com)

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