This is another great example what having UNESCO World Heritage status helps with.
The temple was in a dilapidated state with 4,000 of its elements lying scattered on the embankment and in the Siem Reap River. Can you imagine?
Many of the elements were used in the restoration and recreation work carried out by a team sponsored by the People’s Republic of China between 2000 and 2009. The temple was reopened in late 2009.
Several countries such as France, Japan and Germany are currently involved in Angkor Wat conservation projects.