Angkor Vat Temple


Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.

Client Indelec Unesco

Site specifications

Protect the world largest ancient religious monument covering a total area of 1500 meters by 1300 meters with 5 towers at its center with a max height of 65 meters

More than 5 millions tourists are visiting the site yearly

Cambodia iconic monument, Angkor site is classified since 1992 as an UNESCO World Heritage. It is still under study by numerous international archeologic research teams.

Indelec solutions

Following numerous lightning damages, INDELEC was called in the 90’s by the Cambodian Administration to protect Angkor Vat temple.

This task was challenging for 2 reasons:
– The ELPS to be installed must respect the architectural constraints.
– Technical skills for that kind of work was not very common in this region

After a Lightning Risk Analysis, it appeared that a Level I protection was required with 5 ESE lightning rods to protect the temple and its visitors.

Tailored-made systems have been developed to ensure an “invisible” protection (shorter poles, specific conductors routing and fixings etc…). Then the solution has been implemented by highly-skilled Indelec technicians traveling from France to Siam Reap.

World Heritage Building Angkor Wat temple is protected by Indelec