The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held from 16 to 27 June 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

This issue explores in the depth the sites of Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, and the Temple of Preah Vihear, dedicated to Lord Shiva and dating back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Discover also the Royal Ballet and Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatre, and the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve and Cambodia’s Memory of the World programme.

Table of Contents

Message by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Message of welcome by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Interview with H.E. Dr Sok An, Chair of UNESCO´s World Heritage Committee

Map of the principal archaeological sites and monuments of Cambodia

  • Monuments and conservation
  • The Angkorian hydraulic system
  • Heritage and population in the Angkor site
  • Mural paintings of Wat Bakong
  • Ta Prohm Temple
  • Restoration and strengthening of the brick towers of Pre Rup Temple
  • The Bayon: the meaning of its supremacy Is it sculpture? Or is it architecture?
  • The Baphuon – story of a renaissance
  • The precious heritage of Banteay Kdei Temple
  • The orthogonal plan of Angkor Thom
  • 2012 LiDAR survey over Angkor, Phnom Kulen and Koh Ker
Preah Vihear
  • Preah Vihear: Temple of the Sacred Mountain
  • The Hydraulic system of Preah Vihear
  • Preah Vihear – cosmographic symbolism of the site
  • Shiva-Bhadreshvara – Linking the World Heritage temples of Preah Vihear, Vat Phou and My Son
Tentative List sites
  • Koh Ker – Prasat Chen and its sculptures
  • Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Group: an urban complex of temples
Intangible Heritage
  • Royal Ballet of Cambodia
  • Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatre
Success story of Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve
Cambodia’s Memory of the World