Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 18 – Cambodia's board of priests called on priests nationwide to make some noise to congratulate the listing of Koh Ker archaeological site as UNESCO's World Heritage.

Every priest in the pagodas nationwide shall jointly beat the drum and make some noise at 7 a.m. on 20 September 2023.

On 17 September 2023, the World Heritage Committee inscribed Koh Ker: Archeological Site of Ancient Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, on the UNESCO World Heritage List during its extended 45th session in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The UNESCO designation acknowledged the exceptional historical and architectural significance of the Koh Ker archaeological site and its Outstanding Universal Value, serving as a tribute to the enduring legacy of the Khmer civilization and efforts made by Cambodia to safeguard its treasures for generations to come of all humanity.

Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer Empire for a brief period between 928-941 C.E. under its founder King Jayavarman IV. Nestled within the verdant Cambodian broad-leaf forest between the slopes of the Dangrek and Kulen mountains, the site sits on the ancient road connecting Angkor to Beng Mealea, Preah Vihear, and from there, Phimai in Thailand and Wat Phu in Laos.