Angkor National Museum

The inauguration of the Exhibition “Our Common Heritage” at the Angkor National Museum on 26 April 2013

The Angkor National Museum and UNESCO launched the sub-regional exhibition “Our Common Heritage:  Exploring the World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” under the framework of the UNESCO/Japan FIT project “Revitalization of World Heritage Site related Museums: Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” on 26 April with the presence of 100 attendees, including high representatives of the national authorities. In addition to the general themes developed by UNESCO and scientific coordinators on “Nature and Myth” and “Trade and Exchange”, the Museum exhibits its own developed theme on the life and beliefs of King Jayavarman VII and the lasting effects on modern Cambodian society. The panels provide insight on the King’s particular religious interest and artistic programme reflected on his religious buildings, in addition to achievements in building secular monuments such as hospitals, resthouses, roads, and bridges. This particularly important King in the history of the Khmer Empire, as the first King officially instating Buddhism as the state religion, associated his own visual image with Buddhist iconography of Buddha and Boddhisatva Lokesvara.

Opened in 2007, the Angkor National Museum houses artefacts from the ‘Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom’ spanning art, culture and architecture. By focusing on King Jayavarman VII who is credited to have been responsible for the zenith of the Khmer Expire; the exhibition uses innovative means to disseminate knowledge about the importance of the Angkor site – as a manifestation of King Jayavarman VII’s long-lasting power and influence.  

The Education Programme “Discovering Heritage Importance and King Jayavarman VII’s Wonder” from February to June 2013

The Education Programme developed by the Angkor National Museum targeted Siem Reap High School students with the aim to improve their awareness of the area’s cultural heritage and the importance of its sustainable conservation. Through activities filled with practical exercises and in-depth visits to the exhibition, the Angkor National Museum reached out to close to 200 students and their school teachers to raise their understanding of the importance of the Angkor Site and the need for its preservation and conservation.


Angkor National Museum No. 968,

Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khrum 6, Phoum Salakanseng,

Khom Svaydangum, Siem Reap District, Siem Reap Province,

Kingdom of Cambodia

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