Demolition of French Colonial Building Continues

10:22 May 21 2012 Wat Phnom, Daun Penh

Demolition of French Colonial Building Continues

The Cambodia Daily, MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012.The demolition of a historic French colonial-era building at the intersection of Phnom Penh’s Street 108 and Norodom Boulevard continued yesterday despite concerns having been raised by Unesco that the building should be renovated instead. Un Sarun, a manager in charge of the building’s demolition, said he did not know how long it would take to finish destroying the building as workers were making. . . . . „, sure they avoid damaging neighboring properties. Now, we need more time to completely destroy it because we have to take care of the many houses that are surrounding the building,” he said. Last week, an official at Unesco raised concerns over the ongoing demolishment of the 19th century French colonial-era building and said that the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts should have been informed before any decision was made on the building’s fate. Contact details for the building’s owner, identified by the municipality as Kang Gheck Nai, are still unknown. The building, which was constructed between 1890 to 1900, previously housed the Ministry of Industry during the colonial period. (Aun Theap)

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