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The Eighth Bayon Symposium was held February 6 (Fri.) and 7 (Sat.), 2004 in the Central Hall of the JSA Office in Siem Reap.
The two-day symposium attracted approximately 200 participants, and presented discussions on two main subjects.
The first subject pertained to the water problem in Angkor. JSA has consistently attached importance to understanding the water environment in Angkor as one of the keys to addressing the conservation and restoration of the Angkor monuments with a long-term perspective. To this end, we worked to collect basic data on the water environment by conducting various surveys in ten locations around the Angkor region. These included boring surveys as far down as the bedrock, surveys on the increase and decrease of well water, and surveys on the flow of water inside Bayon Temple and Angkor Thom. The objective of the eighth Bayon Symposium was to present the results of these activities, as well as to call upon all relevant parties to gather to seek a direction of future cooperation based on an accurate understanding of the problem in Angkor.
We believe that broad studies and research and the cooperation of all related parties from a long-term perspective are of utmost importance to achieving a good balance between the conservation of the Angkor monuments and the sustainable development of the Angkor region. With the participation of experts who work in the Angkor region, JICA, administrative bodies in Cambodia, and concerned parties in the hotel and tourism industries, the discussions proved to be productive.
The second subject was on issues related to the Master Plan for the Conservation and Restoration of the Bayon Complex (hereinafter referred to as the าBayon Master Planำ). From the very beginning, the purpose of the Bayon Symposium was to discuss the framework of the Bayon Master Plan. In past symposiums, we reported on our accumulated achievements, experiences obtained through specific conservation and restoration tasks, and the results of our surveys and research. This year, we presented our basic views and an outline of the Bayon Master Plan and Bayon Charter, which are now being formulated under the leadership of JSA, and were able to confirm the general direction of concrete activities for the future.

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