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Cambodians celebrate the Sambor Prei Kuk temple site getting UNESCO world heritage status

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:06

Cambodians on Monday (July 17) celebrated the newly achieved status of the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk, after it was recently added to the U.N. cultural organisation's heritage list. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Cambodians on Monday (July 17) celebrated the newly achieved status of the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk, after it was recently added to the U.N. cultural organisation's heritage list. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen led the celebration in Phnom Penh, where thousands gathered to mark the temple's new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage status. Located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, it is home to numerous temples, 10 of which are octagonal. UNESCO said Sambor Prei Kuk had been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the ancient Chenla Empire, a Khmer civilization that flourished in the late 6th and 7th centuries and preceded the Khmer Empire.

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Cambodians celebrate the Sambor Prei Kuk temple site getting UNESCO world heritage status

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:06