KICT to Take Part In Conserving the World Heritage ‘Angor Wat’ (November 5)
- KICT signed an MOU with Cambodian APSARA National Authority which manages Angor Wat and Angor Thom
- Solving road problems by participating in establishing a master plan for road transportation and eco-friendly means of transportation
□ The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) signed an MOU with the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA National Authority) in order to establish a transport safety master plan on Friday, November 2nd in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
□ At the signing ceremony, Vice President Jung Jun-Wha of KICT and Deputy Director Sok Sangvar of APSARA National Authority attended and signed an MOU including technical cooperation plan that satisfies safety standards and traffic flow while preserving the historical and cultural value of Angkor Wat and Angor Thom.
ㅇ To be specific, the MOU includes the following traffic master plan; the introduction of eco-friendly means of transport that are sustainable in the Angkor Wat region; the maintenance of facilities for the safe passage of tourists and citizens; and the plan to utilize narrow roads and parking spaces to the fullest.
□ Meanwhile, the MOU was signed upon the request of technical support from APSARA National Authority which manages Angor Wat and Angor Thom. Since April 2017, KICT has been consulting the current issues such as the establishment of the master plan and the introduction of eco-friendly means of transportation. In 2018, KICT has additionally conducted research on establishing a transport safety enhancement plan in Cambodia.
ㅇ The number of visitors including foreign tourists and vehicles is soaring every year in Angkor Wat, which is a Unesco-designated Buddhist shrine and the world’s largest temple, and Angkor Thom, which represents the culture of Angkor.
ㅇ The Cambodian government temporarily controlled the traffic in May 2016, fearing that Angkor Wat may be damaged by vibration caused by the surging vehicles. Furthermore, as the number of foreign visitors increased to 5.6 million in 2017, the Cambodian government is making efforts to come up with a countermeasure.
□ Vice President Jung Jun-Wha of KICT stated that “the significance of Korea’s road transport technology is beyond the localization of proper technology because Korea takes part in maintaining and conserving the world heritage”, and added that “I hope this cooperation will contribute to promoting friendly relations between Korea and Cambodia”.