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Cambodia exhibits photos of its heritage sites during 37th session of World Heritage Committee

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-6-19 8:21:27

Cambodia's photo exhibition " Heritage, Nature and People" was held on Tuesday night at the capital Peace Palace here.

About 100 photos, featuring mostly temples at the Angkor Archeological Park, a world heritage site, and some pieces of world heritage Preah Vihear temple and other ancient temples in Cambodia, are on display at the event until the end of the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) on June 27.

Those pictures were taken by Japanese photographer Baku Saito. Speaking at the event, Baku Saito said he has spent more than 10 years to take those photographs and the aim of the exhibition was to show foreign delegates about the Angkor Wat temples and other cultural sites in Cambodia.

Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Him Chhem said the exhibited photos demonstrated tremendous attention paid by the Cambodian government to preserve, safeguard and develop magnificent archaeological sites in the country.

"The photos illustrate preservation, safeguard, and development of Angkor Archaeological Park and its inseparable links and inter-dependency between communities and its surrounding nature," he said. "Those photos reflect the value of the association of ancient Khmer cultural heritage and nature, which have survived together for centuries until today."

The event was also attended by Cambodian deputy prime minister Sok An, chairman of the 37th session of the WHC, and Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

"This wonderful exhibition is a great opportunity for delegates at the 37th session of the WHC to further understand about Cambodia's world heritage sites and culture," Bokova said, expressing the UNESCO's commitment to continue full support to Cambodia for preserving and conserving heritage sites.

The 37th session of the WHC kicked off here on Sunday and will last until June 27. Some 1,465 delegates from 128 countries have participated in this meeting, Sok An said.
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