Cambodian Women Architects and the restoration at Angkor Thom

by Thmey Thmey 25

Young women architects lead the renovation of the severely damaged Angkor Thom West Gate and of the Bayon platforms.

Women archaeologists

Publication: ThmeyThmey/Cambodianess (KH/ENG)

Published: June 19th, 2022

Author: Thmey Thmey 25

Languages : English, Khmer

Architects Meng Sovanlylin, 28, Han Sochry, 30, and Kean Panhavantey, 29, along with archaeologist Kim Seng Pheakdey, 35, got their first archaeological site restoration at the West Gate (Takau Gate), which had partly collapsed long time, part of a project launched in February, 2021, with financial support from the Heng Development Co. LTD.

Associated with APSARA Authority (ANA), the young architects are representative of the new generation of Cambodian architects and engineers active in Angkor Thom. They graduated from the School of Architecture at Royal University of Fine Arts - សាកលវិទ្យាល័យភូមិន្ទវិចិត្រសិល្បៈ, Phnom Penh.

Meng Sovanlylin took part in the 2023 discovery of a two-storey structure on the third terrace of the Bayon. She is also involved in the technical team investigating and containing sand leak from the walls on the temple's third level, part of the Japanese-Cambodian restoration project for the central structure at Angkor Thom.

Photo: from left to right, Meng Sovanlylin, Han Sochry, Kean Panhavantey, Kim Seng Pheakdey (Cambodianes/ThmeyThmey)

Tags: gates, restoration, Angkor Thom, Bayon, preservation, architecture, women

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