If Angkor Wat is compared to an orthodox complied book of history in the Khmer tradition, Bayon is a heretical champion to the letter. It is not too much to say that the Bayon temple is a really unique existence not only in the Khmer history, but in the architectural history of the world. Energy and aspects of full diversity created by enormous number of deity faces and bas-reliefs of the galleries must be said, with no doubt, fruition of rare originality. Nevertheless, the Bayon temple from the central tower down in its half ruined condition is one of the most endangered monuments among Angkor monuments, and what is more, the most difficult one technically to restore.
@We are eager to have Bayon inherited to the future generation of Khmer and the world in one way or another. Thus, for the last 10 years JSA has been working toward establishing "The Master Plan for the Conservation & Restoration of the Bayon Complex". It is still on-going theme and is a proposal of the basic principles for the project at Bayon as well. This is a fundamental proposal for how to confront with Bayon hereafter. In this brochure, we have described the fundamental ideas for "The Master Plan for the Conservation & Restoration of the Bayon Complex" iNAKAGAWA Takeshij

No.1
It is an accumulation of the recommendations, discussions, presentations from the Bayon Symposium that has been held every year since 1996. The Bayon Symposium is sponsored by JSA, but with the support of UNESCO and APSARA, we had positive participation of Cambodian and international experts, and every team whom contributes for the conservation of Angkor. We discussed continuously and from a wide point of view, about the research works, restoration techniques, and how Bayon should be in the future, but always making consideration for whole Angkor monuments. The fundamental policy of JSA for the conservation and usage of Bayon will be mainly shown through out the results of the Bayon Symposium and the Bayon Charter which is also in progress. All matters will be continuously discussed.

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No.2
The analysis for the reasons of deterioration and research works at Bayon. The understanding of the accurate present situation and technical guidance for the restoration of Bayon.

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No.3
The results and outcome from the experience of the 3 restoration sites of JSA has lead to the fundamental idea of the technical restoration method for Bayon.

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No.4
The growth of the Cambodian experts and technical working staff has been remarkable these 10 years. Taking this as a basis, we propose a sustainable and practicable development for the restoration by international cooperative organizing system which APSARA and cooperation of UNESCO should always be positioned in center.

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No.5
We shall promote a safe restoration among the harmonization between such facts that it is the living temple for religion, and on the other hand it is one of the main spot for tourism.

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No.6
It is an important theme to deepen and extend the cooperativeness for the principal and technical ideas of Bayon, as the part of the whole Angkor monuments.

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Prospects to future symposium and tasks for making "The Bayon Charter"

"The Master Plan for the Conservation & Restoration of the Bayon Complex" (Contents Draft)