"The Bayon Symposium" and "The Master Plan for the Conservation & Restoration of the Bayon Complex" The Bayon Symposium started in the form that JSA sponsors and UNESCO serves as the secretariat in 1996 in order to discuss a framework for "The Master Plan for the Conservation & Restoration of the Bayon Complex". Since then every year, it is held in Siem Reap, the town of Angkor monuments. As various technical problems for the conservation and restoration of Bayon are related to the whole Angkor monument, the symposium provided the important forum to exchange opinions by all participating teams from every country. Also this symposium does not intend to settle the problem within Angkor itself, but it also intends to learn from the relevant precedents in the world and to consider Angkor's conservation and restoration problems from a world wide viewpoint. Specifically we had positive participation by international experts who have esteemed experiences and noticeable result from the conservation and restoration work in other important monuments of the world.

8th Bayon Symposium

1st-7th Bayon Symposium

The Ninth Bayon Symposium was held December 13 and 14, 2004 in the Central Hall of the JSA Office in Siem Reap.

The purpose of the Ninth Bayon Symposium was to formulate concrete policies for the restoration plan of the Southern Library of Bayon, which will form the basic framework of the Bayon Master Plan, as well as for the restoration and conservation of the bas reliefs in the inner and outer galleries and for the structural stabilization of the central tower. Another purpose of the symposium was to present draft articles for the Bayon Charter. As planned, a comprehensive discussion was held with an eye to the final completion of the Bayon Master Plan.

As a result of discussions, we reached various conclusions and agreements concerning the conservation of Bayon with a long-term perspective. Specifically, we agreed on the importance of maintaining the structural stability of the entire temple by establishing a monitoring system relevant to geotechnical/geological engineering and the drainage system, and by urgently addressing various problems, including measures for securing the safety of the central tower. We also reached a consensus on the pressing need to conduct surveys and research and to carry forward the conservation and restoration of the Southern Library of Bayon and its bas reliefs. Furthermore, we clarified the significance of the Bayon Charter. In so doing, we reconfirmed the importance of addressing tourist safety measures jointly with APSARA, and of continuing our broad examination of technologies applicable to the conservation and restoration activities of Angkor in reference to wide-ranging overseas cases.


Session I (2PM,13th Dec.): Prospects for the Conservation of Bayon Temple ,Bayon Masterplan and Bayon Charter, Activities of JSA(presentation by Prof.Takeshi Nakagawa, Director General of JSA,etc.)

Session II (9:30AM, 14th Dec): Research & Conservation Activities in Angkor(presentation by H.E.Mr.Ros Borath of APSARA, Tokyo National ResearchInstitute for Cultural Properties, Sydney Univ.etc.)

Session III (2PM, 14th Dec): International Case Study(presentation by Dr Roland Silva, former ICOMOS President, etc.)

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