Angkor Conservation

Siem Reap

Angkor Conservation is a Ministry of Culture compound that houses more than 5000 statues, lingas (phallic symbols) and inscribed stelae, stored here to protect them from the wanton looting that has blighted hundreds of sites around Angkor. The finest statuary is hidden away inside Angkor Conservation’s warehouses, meticulously numbered and catalogued. While it's not officially open to the public, it is sometimes possible to get a peek at the collection for a fee.

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Nearby Siem Reap attractions

1. Wat Preah Inkosei

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This wat north of town is built on the site of an early Angkorian brick temple, which still stands today at the rear of the compound.

2. Bayon Information Centre


This exhibition introduces the visitor to the history of the Khmer empire and the restoration projects around Angkor through a series of short films and…

3. Angkor National Museum

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Looming large on the road to Angkor is the Angkor National Museum, a state-of-the-art showpiece on the Khmer civilisation and the majesty of Angkor…

5. Wat Thmei

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Wat Thmei has a small memorial stupa containing the skulls and bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. It also has plenty of young monks eager to practise…

6. Cambolac

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Cambodia has a long tradition of producing beautiful lacquerware, although the years of upheaval resulted in some of the skills being lost. Cambolac is a…

7. Apopo Visitor Centre

0.87 MILES

Meet the hero rats that are helping to clear landmines in Cambodia. Apopo has trained the highly sensitive, almost-blind Gambian pouched rat to sniff…

8. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm

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Located just west of the royal residence is this shrine. Said to represent two Angkorian princesses, these sacred statues were originally housed at the…