Indian replica of Angkor Wat

India is building a replica of Angor Wat. There’s nothing to fear for our original Cambodian Angkor Wat at all. Even if the replica is set to be biggest than ours, the Patna Angkor Naga will be, surely, so anonymous to many as the 30 replicas of the Tower Eiffel or the numberless replicas of the Statue of the Liberty. See in this forum the Chinese Wall’s replicas too with amazing photos. Now well, the Mahavir Mandir Trust, an organization known in the Bihar State for the construction of hospitals and religious compounds, is the responsible of the ambitions work. It will take about ten years – Angkor Wat took about 30 during the 12th century – and it will cost 20 million US dollars !!!   It will be located 40 kilometers outside Patna. It is understandable that a country where Hindu majority would like ‘to have’ the biggest Hindu complex of the world, that it’s not in India, but in Cambodia ! Anyway, Angkor Wat or Angkor Nagar was dedicated to Vishnu, but it was converted to Buddhism some centuries after. What it cannot be understood is to spend 20 million US dollars for a replica in a country with so big social gap as India.

Update: Here in Asia Times a good development of the growing discussion. A very good description with some curious reactions like the one of a university students at Phnom Penh worry for the lost of tourism if the replica is made – it seems that for this boy Angkor Wat is just a tourist attraction like Disneyland!!! -, the optimistic perspective of Sombo Manara, the deputy chairman of the history department at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, who says that ‘before we thought that all culture – like Brahmanism and Buddhism – came from India to Cambodia. But now why don’t we feel happy that our Cambodian culture is spreading back to India?’ and the funny answer of Acharya Kishore Kunal, the Mahavir Mandir Trust’s secretary, who never has come to Cambodia, who said that he is ‘slightly scared‘ to come because ‘some people [in Cambodia] want to throw shoes on me…’ Who!!! Please…

What Cambodians say about it? I asked my students to let a comment in our Facebook group – mostly in Khmer – about the news and we got the following reactions:

ធាង សុ ធន (Sothun)

The Angkor Wat temple is the temple let by our ancestors and it belongs to Cambodia. it is the symbol of our Khmer heart. We Khmers have mabaged to defend it from the intention of other countries to take it. It was listed as a world heritage. It is the symbol of the Nation (Khmer). A country without a symbol is a country without real history. Why India wants a replica of Angkor Wat? Do they want to be Khmer? Why the need to have a replica? Only one country is enough to have an Angkor Wat temple.’
Ankor Wat belongs to the Khmer people. Why India wants our temples? It is strange for me but probably, in a certain way, is a honor for Cambodia.’
ប្រសាទអង្គរវត្តជា ប្រាសាទតែមួយគត់នៅលើពិភពលោកនេះ ដូច្នេះគ្មានប្រទេសណាអាចមកដណ្ដើមបានឡើយ ហើយក៏គ្មានការសាងសង់ចំលងដោយគ្មានការអនុញ្ញាតិពីម្ចាស់គេបានឡើយ !សូមយើងទាំងអស់គ្នាជួយការពារព្រលឹងជាតិរបស់យើងផង កុំអោយគេធ្វើផ្ដេសផ្ដាសមកលើព្រលឹងជាតិរបស់យើង។
Angor Wat is a unique temple. Therefore, there is not other country authorized to do a new one. Let us protect our temple and let’s not allow others to dishonor our legacy.’

Chivorn Chim

ខ្ញុំគិតថាទោះជាធ្វើគំរូ យ៉ាងណាក៏មិនដូចប្រសាទអង្គវត្តខ្មែររបស់ពួកយើងដែរ។ ព្រោះប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តខ្មែរគឺជាប្រសាទអច្ចារិយៈលេខ១ គ្មាន២ទេនៅលើពិភពលោក ដែលបុព្វរសខ្មែរពីជំនាន់ដើមបានក៏សាងទុកអោយកូនខ្មែរទាំងអស់គ្នា មិនមែនទើមតែធ្វើឥលូវៗ កុំច្រឡំ….ប្រាសាទអង្គវត្តនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា គឺប្រទេកម្ពុជា ជាព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ អច្ឆរិយ់ៈ។ ទោះប្រទេសណាធ្វើគំរូក៏មិនអាចប្រៀបដូចបន្តិចណាឡើយ។ បច្ចុប្បន្ន គឺបច្ចុប្បន្ន មិនអាចដូចអតីតក។ ជ័យយោ…ប្រសាទអង្គវត្ត មានតែ១ គ្មាន២ នៅលើពិភពលោកគឺជារបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា…
‘I think that a replica is not like our original temple at all, because our temple is the heavenly number one and there is not two on the world. It is something that our Khmer ancestors let to us, to all their Khmer descendants and it is not for play, do not confuse things… The Angkor Wat temple is inside Cambodia that is the old kingdom. Then, no country can do it at all. There is only one Angkor Wat temple and it is in Cambodia…
ប្រទេសកម្ពុជាជាប្រទេសដែលល្បីល្បាញដោយសារអង្គរវត្ត ហើយកូនខ្មែរ ទាំងអស់មានឈាមជាអ្នកកសាងអង្គរពិតប្រាកដ ។បើទោះបីជាប្រទេស ឥណ្ឌា ចង់កសាងប្រសាទដូចជាខ្មែរក៏ដោយក៏ មិនមានឈាមជាអ្នកកសាង អង្គរដែរ ហើយប្រាសាទនោះក៏មិនមាន បារមី និង សោភ័ណ្ឌភាព ដូចជា ប្រាសាទរបស់កម្ពុជាដែរ ហើយលើលពីនេះទៅទៀត ការ យកគំរូរពីគេ នោះគឺវាមិនមានតំលៃនោះទេ ហើយម៉្យាងទៀតប្រាសាទកម្ពុជាល្បីល្បាញ យូណាស់មកហើយ។
Cambodia is an important country for Ankor Wat and the Khmer people of today has the blood of those who built Angkor Wat. If India wants to build an Angkor Wat, they don’t have the blood of our ancestors and that temple will not have the blessings, because it is a Cambodian temple and a replica has not the same value of the original that is in Cambodia since ever and forever.
នេះមិនមែនជារឿងល្អទេ !!!!!!!!! ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តជាស្ថាបត្យកម្មរបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និង ជាសម្បត្តិបេតិកភ័ណ្ឌរបស់ខ្មែរបានដាក់ចូលជា សម្បត្តិបេតិកភ័ណ្ឌពិភពលោក !!!!!!!!!ដួចនេះមិនគួរអោយប្រទេសដទៃ យកប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តមក ធ្វើតាមចិត្តបែបនេះទេ !!!!!!!!! ដូចនេះប្រទេសឥណ្ឌា មិនអាចសាងសង់ប្រាសាទដោយយកគម្រួតាម ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តឡើយ !!!!!!!!!!!!
‘This is not a good thing!!!! The Angkor Wat temple belongs to the Cambodian identity and it is something of us and it is not something to be done elsewhere!!!! It is not good to allow any country to do so, to bring out our temple, as it were an object!!!! Therefore, India has not the right to do a replica at all!!!!

Miss Duch Chanthou

ចំពោះមតិយោបល់នាងខ្ញុំវិញ ខ្ញុំមិនយល់ព្រមអោយមានប្រាសាទអង្គរមាននៅក្នុងប្រទេសឥណ្ឌាទេ ពីព្រោះបា្រសាទនេះជាបេតិកភណ្ឌ័ជាតិរបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជាយើង (មិនត្រូវមានជាដាច់ខាត) ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រអច្ឆរិយៈ ។

 ‘For me, I don’t understand why to have an Angkor Wat in India? It is the temple of the Cambodians and it not possible to have it there. It belongs to the old kingdom. 
ខ្ញុំគិតថាអ្វីដែល ជាគំនិតក្នុងការសាងសង់យកប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្ត ធ្វើជាគំរូគឺវាពុំមែនជារឿងត្រឹមត្រូវឡើយ ។ ព្រោះថាវាជាវត្ថុអច្ឆយរិយៈដ៏ ល្អឯករបស់ប្រទេសខ្មែរ។ ជាវត្ថុដែលបានចាត់ចូលជាបេតិកភ័ណ្ឌជាតិខែ្មរ ប្រទេសស្ទើរតែទាំងអស់ នៅលើពិភពលោក បានស្គាល់ដឹង ឮ ថាវាជារបស់ប្រទេសខ្មែរ មានតែមួយប៉ុណ្ណោះ ។
I think to make a replica of the temple is not a correct way, because it belongs to Cambodia and its people and history and all the nations should know it belongs to Cambodia only.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

3 responses to “Indian replica of Angkor Wat”

  1. chanphearom says :

    I think the government in Cambodia have to think about this problem, as i am a Cambodian I don’t want Angkor wat temple was copied by anyone. so we are Cambodia , We have to Protect and love somethings that are importance for our country.

  2. lim socheat says :

    នេះមិនមែនជារឿងល្អទេ !!!!!!!!! ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តជាស្ថាបត្យកម្មរបស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និង ជាសម្បត្តិបេតិកភ័ណ្ឌរបស់ខ្មែរបានដាក់ចូលជា សម្បត្តិបេតិកភ័ណ្ឌពិភពលោក !!!!!!!!!ដួចនេះមិនគួរអោយប្រទេសដទៃ យកប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តមក ធ្វើតាមចិត្តបែបនេះទេ !!!!!!!!! ដូចនេះប្រទេសឥណ្ឌា មិនអាចសាងសង់ប្រាសាទដោយយកគម្រួតាម ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្តឡើយ !!!!!!!!!!!!

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