Seven years ago (April, 1975) the Khmer Rouge regime forced most of the population of Phnom Penh from their homes, leaving the Kampuchean capital to fall into ruin.
Phnom Penh: GV EXTERIOR OF Pagoda. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV INTERIOR Images inside pagoda. (4 SHOTS)
GV Monks at dining table, eating meal.
GV People inside Pagoda at prayer.
GV EXTERIOR Moulds and statues, some only half-completed. (4 SHOTS)
SV Man painting idol. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV Man carving. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM TO SV Bullet holes in building.
Angkor Thom: GV New building under construction. (2 SHOTS)
SV Conservation sign on roadway.
GV PAN Angkor temple.
GV Statues within compound and wall figures. (7 SHOTS)
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Background: Seven years ago (April, 1975) the Khmer Rouge regime forced most of the population of Phnom Penh from their homes, leaving the Kampuchean capital to fall into ruin. Since the takeover of the Vietnamese-backed government in January, 1979 residents have been encouraged to return to re-establish the city. This has also brought about a resurgence of religion. Buddhist pagodas and temples are being refurbished, with at least three workshops making statues and images from government supplied materials. The main religion is Hinayana Buddhism which commands a loyal following from this devout community. Without the aid of machinery or modern tool, the Kampucheans are using ancient methods to carry out restoration work within the temples. At times the repair work involves removing the scars of civil war which racked the country during the 1970s (1970-75) and the bitter fighting of 1979 which brought about the change of government. Similar Buddhist restoration is being conducted in other parts of the country, such as in the ancient centre of Angkor Thom. Here workers have to replace at least 100 images and statues which have been damaged or stolen in recent times.