The workshop brought together
monks and Laymen from different Buddhist monasteries all
over Siem Reap province. In this occasion, various topics
were presented by orators from government, international
organizations and non government organizations. All presentations
focused on the protection of National Culture and to further
protect the cultural heritages in Angkor.
During the two days workshop, it has noticed that some
original Buddhist monasteries (Vihea) have been destroyed
and replaced by new ones. Also in the noting list were some
of the constructions and paintings on the Vihea buildings
that did not follow the traditional architecture. The session
also urged to preserve the original Buddhist monasteries
especially the old paintings on the wall of monasteries
(Vihea) and to restore them instead of replace them.
Finally, APSARA Authority and involved institutions encourage
the monks to try their best to use the role of Buddhism
to protect the National Culture and to create a committee
consisting of APSARA Authority, Ministry of Culture and
Find Art and Buddhist Monk to elaborate the guideline about
traditional architecture elements.