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2009 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation



Rong Dol-style Wooden Khmer Residence, Wat Damnak Village, Siem Reap

Rong Dol style houses are a blend of Chinese and Khmer architecture executed in wood and typical of Kompong Cham Province on the east coast of Cambodia. In this case, the current owner discovered an extremely dilapidated example on the island of Koh Pi, dismantled it in its entirety and transported it to Siem Reap, where it was re-erected. Measures were taken to stabilize and renew the structure, including the replacement of the heavily decayed roof tiles and the bamboo floor. Notable features of the house include the twenty-four wooden supporting columns and the delicate interior wooden filigree partitions.

Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

According to legend, the history of the Wat Phnom Temple begins in the fourteenth century, when a wealthy widow discovered Buddha images from the former Khmer capital at Angkor Thom hidden in the trunk of a piece of driftwood. The temple where the images were housed became the nucleus of modern Phnom Penh, coming under royal patronage during the fifteenth century, with the construction of stupas and other buildings on the hilltop site. This sweeping campaign of conservation stabilized the brick stupas of the complex, repointing and repainting them and removing rotted timbers. It also focused on the park of the temple, establishing an effective drainage system, irrigation, walkways and lighting. The project has aimed to preserve this symbol of the city and an important piece of Cambodian heritage.