Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Krama, Tuol Sleng in line for UNESCO inclusion: Ministry

Krama, Tuol Sleng in line for UNESCO inclusion: Ministry

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A tourist visits the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in 2020. Hong Menea

Krama, Tuol Sleng in line for UNESCO inclusion: Ministry

Senior officials from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts are currently preparing documents to apply for krama – a versatile traditional scarf, or garment – as well as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Lists.

Kong Puthika, director-general of the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV) and ministry spokesperson, made the announcement during a September 19 press conference, held to celebrate the return of minister Phoeung Sakona and her delegation from the 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Saudi Arabia.

During the session, the Koh Ker archaeological site in Preah Vihear province was added to the World Heritage List.

“I’ve been informed that the minister is in the process of preparing documentation to request the inclusion of krama on the Intangible Heritage List. This aligns with our expectations, and we’re committed to making additional efforts,” said Puthika.

“In addition, [Sackona] has made significant progress on a proposal for the inclusion of Tuol Sleng on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This will ensure that the world never forgets the tragic events that occurred in Cambodia, and serves as a lesson that it should never be repeated anywhere else,” he added.

Puthika noted that studies are ongoing regarding the potential inclusion of several other temples.

History lecturer Sambo Manara pointed on September 20 that the ministry is not only focused on temples, but aims to promote a deeper understanding of the nation’s historical evolution.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

“The inclusion of krama is particularly fitting because it’s a symbol of our national identity, intricately woven into the fabric of educational and cultural traditions and thus contributes to the evolution of knowledge,” he explained.

He said the idea is to educate people about the significance of using krama, as well as the value the weaving and craftsmanship of the versatile scarf.

He added that Tuol Sleng serves as a place for collective remembrance to prevent a repeat of the atrocities inflicted during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, and facilitating intergenerational learning.

“The museum stands as a vivid testament to history, allowing people worldwide to comprehend that the misdeeds and misguidance of leaders, coupled with the embrace of ambiguous ideologies, result in grave consequences for society and unfathomable suffering,” he said.

“Inscribing the museum on the list serves the greater good of safeguarding the world. By remembering, we not only protect Cambodian people but all of humanity,” he added.


  • Tensions high ahead of historic Kun Khmer match up

    The long-awaited November 5 matchup between Kun Khmer legend Prum Samnang and Myanmar-Canadian boxer Dave Leduc has become the most anticipated fight of the year. The Wurkz Sena Kun Khmer promotion, which will be held at the Town Arena at Chip Mong 271 Megamall, will see six

  • Manet: Cambodia safe for travel

    Prime Minister Hun Manet acknowledged that Cambodia and China have cooperated to tackle internet scamming, fraud and other cross border crimes, but insisted that the “Kingdom of Wonders” is completely peaceful and safe. He welcomed tourists to come and explore its rich heritage. During a

  • UNESCO formally list Battambang gastronomy

    Battambang, renowned for its cultural heritage, has achieved a significant milestone as the first Cambodian municipality to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The UCCN unites nearly 300 cities prioritising creativity and cultural industries in local development plans and international cooperation. On World Cities Day,

  • Cambodia pivots to solar, wind energy

    Cambodia is planning a move towards solar and wind energy to meet its rising power demands, according to Minister of Mines and Energy Keo Rottanak. On the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week event held recently, Rottanak emphasised the urgency of diversifying Cambodia’s

  • Angkor causeway symbol of Cambodia-Japan ties

    In a historic moment marking another milestone in the 70-year-long diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan, King Norodom Sihamoni celebrated the formal inauguration of a causeway located to the west of the world-renowned Angkor Wat. While presiding over the November 4 ceremony, the King emphasised the

  • Manet calls for Cambodia’s railways to get back on track

    Prime Minister Hun Manet has instructed the relevant authorities to expedite studies into upgrades to the Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk railway line. He suggested that the maximum speed on the line should be increased to 80km/h, in order to expedite the transportation of