Minister of Culture: 100 objects repatriated

Minister Phoeurng Sackona opens the annual meeting of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts at Chaktomuk Conference Hall on Wednesday. MINISTRY OF CULTURE

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has assessed its achievements since the start of the 2019 government term and concluded that it has achieved a lot in the field of repairing and preserving temples, ancient buildings and artifacts. .

The Ministry of Culture held an annual meeting on February 9 to summarize its 2021 achievements and its plan for 2022.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona said that since 2019, the ministry had repaired and preserved 109 ancient buildings and temples, 8,296 pieces of artifacts, 509 ethnographic objects and 31,046 pieces of Sleuk Rith manuscripts.

She added that the ministry had received a total of 31,434 art objects from different sources, including more than 100 objects that will be returned from overseas after more than three years of negotiations.

The ministry had also recorded a total of 23,587 ethnographic artifacts and objects, including 12,375 entered into its database.

It had also improved the beauty and infrastructure of many historical places and heritage sites including Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear Temple, Sambor Preikuk Temple, National Museum, ASEAN Traditional Textile Museum, Preah Norodom Museum Sihanouk-Angkor and the Angkor Ceramics Museum.

“Our World Heritage and other cultural sites welcomed a total of 5.4 million visitors, including 3.7 million international visitors,” she said.

She said her ministry has carried out many other related tasks, such as raising awareness of intellectual property rights and copyrights, and organized many workshops and trainings.

The minister said the new challenge – Covid-19 – had cost 11 people working in the culture and fine arts sectors, while old challenges remain.

“Old challenges include the lack of human resources, financial resources, clear legal standards to do our work, and the daily encroachment on ancient places across the country,” she said.

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