Exploring Angkor Symposium [fr]
Organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum, with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français, Singapore, this symposium was held on May 18th and 19th, in conjunction with the exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City, presented by the Asian Civilisations Museum, in collaboration with the Guimet Museum, Paris.
It gathered international thought leaders from France, Cambodia, USA, Australia, ans Singapore who lead the discussions on Angkor’s legacy, present day challenges, and future plans.
After a welcome speech by Kennie Ting, Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum, Pierre Baptiste, Chief Curator, Guimet Museum, gave a keynote lecture about Angkor Thom Royal Palace’s tentative reconstructions by Louis Delaporte.
Pierre Baptiste is one of the three speakers invited by the Institut Français to participate in the Symposium with Olivier Cunin, Architect DPLG, Siem Reap and Damian Evans, Research Fellow, École française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris.
Among the others speakers, there were different experts such as researchers, university teachers, architects and archeologists. They talked about Angkor city and temples construction, the architecture and colonial collections, as well as future research and challenges in archaeology at Angkor and tourism management in the city.