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Aid Agreement Signed to Restore Ancient Cambodian Temple

The United Nations and Cambodian officials have signed an aid package to restore an ancient temple in the famed Angkor Wat complex.

The two-point-four-million-dollar agreement was announced today (Tuesday), as the head of the UN's cultural preservation organization (UNESCO's Koichiro Matsuura) wrapped up a two-day visit to Cambodia.

The money, mostly donated by Japan, will be used to restore Angkor's Bayon Temple. Experts say the temple is in critical condition, and that its towers are in danger of collapsing.

The 12th-century stone temple is known for its countless sculptural decorations and towers crowned with faces.

Located in the northwest province of Siem Reap, Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia.

The magnificent buildings, temples and monuments of Angkor date back to the Angkor Dynasty, which flourished between the ninth and fifteenth centuries.