Fairy Figures Found in New Discovery in Cambodia

angkor wat temple siem reap cambodia
angkor wat temple siem reap cambodia

Archaeological studies at the ruins in Siem Reap province in northwest Cambodia will illuminate thousands of years ago. Archaeologists have discovered 12th-century fairy carvings at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia's northwest province of Siem Reap, the Apsara National Administration said in a statement Monday.


Stone carvings were spotted on the north wall of the Angkor Thom temple's Takav Gate passage, where archaeologists cleared vegetation and soil from the lower structure during restoration. Archaeologist Kim Seng Pheakdey said Apsara carved stone fragments and other decorative statues were used as the northern wall of the passage. “These Apsara carvings are similar to Apsara on the pillars of the Bayon Temple, while the other stone carvings have the same form as those adorning the structure of the Gate of Taqwa,” Pheakdey said.

Figure teams on the wall of the temple surprised!

12th-century fairy figure unearthed
Artifacts that fell in the trench will be placed in their places, Pheakdey said, adding that in the next excavation, archaeologists aim to find the Deva statues that fell into the ditch to the north of the pass and put them back in their original places. The Takav Gate is one of the five gates of Angkor Thom, built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Angkor Thom is one of the important temples in the 1992 square kilometer Angkor Archaeological Park, which was inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List in 401.

Let's Get to Know Cambodia

Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia on the mainland of Indochina. Cambodia is largely a land of plains and great rivers and is located in the middle of important land and river trade routes connecting China with India and Southeast Asia. Influences of many Asian cultures, along with those of France and the United States, can be seen in the capital, Phnom Penh, which is one of a handful of urban centers in the largely rural country.

Over 2000 years Cambodian civilization has absorbed influences from India and China and passed them on to other Southeast Asian civilizations.

From the Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms of Funan and Chenla (1st-8th centuries) to the classical era of the Angkor period (9th-15th centuries), it ruled over what is now part of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

The Khmer (Cambodian) empire reached its peak in the 12th century, a time marked by the construction of massive temple complexes known as Angkor Wat and Bayon, and the imperial capital of Angkor Thom.

After 400 years of decline, Cambodia became a French colony and experienced the turmoil of war, Japanese occupation, post-war independence, and political instability in the 20th century.

Between 1975 and 1979, the country was devastated by the rule of the Khmer Rouge, a rural communist guerrilla movement. At least 1,5 million Cambodians were killed or died during the Khmer Rouge's rule, a monumental tragedy that the country still suffers.

Cambodia began its recovery process under the Vietnam-backed People's Republic of Kampuchea regime (1979-89) and regained political autonomy in the 1990s, re-established a constitutional government and subsequently launched free elections. Cambodia's economy has developed steadily, and the country seems to live by the words of the Cambodian proverb, "Don't be afraid of the future, don't cry for the past."


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