Shinnyo-en Continues Support of Restoration and Preservation of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple Complex, Angkor Wat, the Largest Religious Monument in the World

April 08, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Shinnyo-en has renewed its longstanding support of The Angkor International Mission with a US$25,000 gift for the support of archaeology and architecture students from the Cambodia Royal University of Fine Arts. Shinnyo-en has supported The Angkor International Mission since 1996.

The Angkor Interantional Mission, led by Sophia University of Tokyo, was created in 1980 as a unique and highly ambitious initiative to physically restore Angkor Wat, to undertake archeological and historical research, and to support local human resources and the sustainability of preservation and development.

Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist (previously Hindu) temple complex in the contemporary Cambodian province of Siem Reap. The complex dates back to the Khmer Empire in the 9th century and, throughout the 400 square-kilometer site, contains numerous articistic masterpieces of architecture, sculpture, and painting as well as being invaluably significant for the history and understanding of global Buddhism.