President visits Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple

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President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin see a statue at Angkor Wat Temple. Photo: MNA

President U Htin Kyaw and his wife Daw Su Su Lwin visited Angkor Wat, The Bayon and Ta Prohm temples in Siem Reap City yesterday accompanied by the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Royal Palace.
Angkor Wat Temple is the largest religious monument in Angkor region, which was originally constructed as a temple to the Hindu god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built with smooth stones laid down in a very tight matrix without using mortar.
The Angkor region became a world heritage site in 1992 by UNESCO. In the region there are the Phnom mountains, the towns of Sisophon and Poipet along the western border of Thailand and Tonie Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast asia.
Angkor was constructed by the Khmer King Suryavarman II more than 800 years ago. It was very famous in Southeast Asia for its unique art, including the relief arts on the wall and dragons statues at the gate of the temple.
The president and wife also visited the Bayon temple, which is built with sand stone blocks, and a second well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple constructed by the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII at Angkor in Cambodia before visiting to the Artisans Angkor Vocational Training School, where they observed the teaching of painting, casting, lacquerware, stone sculpture and silk-weaving.
The Artisans Angkor vocation training school, with the vision of poverty reduction, job opportunities, income generation and the preservation of Khmer tradition, was opened in 1992 for people between the ages of 18 and 25 from rural area. Instruction is given at no charge.
The school was initiated by the cooperation of government, public companies and art experts, and is now comprised of 1,100 staff members including 800 artists who work in 48 workshops in 12 villages. As part of their compensation, they receive free health care services.—Myanmar News Agency

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