Monday, September 20, 2010
This giant Garuda from Koh Ker will welcome those visiting the National Museum as part of Open Doors WeekendThis coming weekend, called Open Doors Weekend and part of the Month of Architecture, will see free access granted to public and private buildings in Phnom Penh, allowing visitors to learn more about their history and architectural layouts. Information boards will be displayed in both Khmer and English with the buildings open between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Arranged by Heritage Mission and Khmer Architecture Tours, exact details of the Open Doors schedule should be available tomorrow though the only advance booking necessary is for the free guided visit at the National Museum, only two groups a day (10am and 3pm) and for the tour of The Senate on Saturday at 9.30am only. The idea comes from similar events around the world, and this unique event aims to defend and promote the urban heritage that is to be found in Cambodia. Amongst the confirmed destinations are the Bophana Center, the Post Office and the Building - where residents were told last week to stop any alterations or improvements or face eviction - and where one room will be made up to look like an apartment from the Sixties.