Narang Nouth

Portrait of Narang   Nouth

Nouth Narang (1936 - 9 Aug 2023, Phnom Penh) was a Cambodian diplomat and statesman, a Khmer civilization scholar who was the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia when Angkor was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.

In 1998, HE Nouth Narang introduced 'National Culture Day' to the Cambodian official calendar. After HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi took over the Ministry that same year, he co-directed the Royal Ballet of Cambodia with Princess Buppha Devi for a time.

He also served as the Cambodian Ambassador to UNESCO, and contributed to the survival of the Cambodian culture during the civil war, teaching at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1972-1975), and founding and heading (from 1975 to 1992) the Cedoreck (Centre de documentation et de recherche sur la civilisation khmère) in Paris.