Welcome to Heritage Watch!

Headless Apsara at Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia.Heritage Watch is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Southeast Asia’s cultural heritage.

Cambodia is famed for the temples of Angkor but little is known of how these temples came to be. The secrets to the rise of Angkor are to be found in the lesser known temples and the countless prehistoric settlements and cemeteries across Cambodia.

Heritage Watch was founded in 2003 as a result of a sharp increase in the destruction of Cambodia’s precious cultural heritage - especially the looting of ancient temples and cemetery sites nationwide. 

Heritage Watch is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the world, through research, education, and advocacy.

Its mandate is to:
 • study threats to cultural heritage, including the illicit trade in antiquities, the looting of archaeological sites, and loss of historic architecture, among others.

 • educate the public on the artistic, informational, historical, cultural, and economic importance of heritage resources

 • increase access to and awareness of national and international law affecting cultural property, while working with the proper authorities to implement, enforce, and improve it.

• Promote responsible tourism that furthers cultural and economic development and encourage the tourism industry to support the arts, culture, heritage and development.

• foster communication between relevant governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals

Heritage Watch has undertaken a diverse range of projects aimed at both the supply and demand end of the international antiquities trade as well as promoting responsible tourism in Cambodia.  

Enjoy your visit to the Heritage Watch website. 

"The work of Heritage Watch in developing innovative programs...to preserve Cambodia's cultural heritage and to foster responsible tourism represent a 21st century approach to... stemming the trade in illegal antiquities" James Cuno, Director, Center for

Heritage Watch News

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