The former pagoda Wat Roka Kandal has been constructed at the end of 18 / beginning 19 centuries. It is the oldest preserved pagoda in Cambodia. The interior decorations remind of pagodas in Luang Prabang. It has been abondanded over many years and a new pagoda has been constructed behind the old pagoda.Wat Roka Kandal was in critical condition. It needed an urgent renovation as e.g. 90% of all wooden construction and traditional paintings have been badly damaged by the time. roka_kandal3.jpg (352306 bytes) roka_kandal4.jpg (342145 bytes)
roka_kandal_1small.jpg (29208 bytes) Following a request of the provincial authorities the partnership programme of the Cambodian Craft Cooperation (CCC) and the German Chamber of Trade & skilled crafts of Koblenz City (Handwerkskammer Koblenz) has decided to set up a regional centre for traditional trade crafts in Kratie on the land of the former pagoda. This project is financed by the German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) through the Foundation of Economic Development and Vocational Training (SEQUA). The renovation took place from February - July 2002.
The building of the former pagoda and other training facilities on the pagoda land are used for a development programme for Kratie wicker-workers. Kratie province is home of about 4.000 female wicker-workers. Furthermore traditional house construction workers from Kratie rural areas will be trained in using eco-friendly materials as bamboo, tree leafs and rattan for village houses. slide11.jpg (59251 bytes)
Wat Roka Kandal pagoda offers :
- an exhibition about traditional crafts in Kratie and other parts of Cambodia and projects of the CCC - Koblenz Chamber to preserve and innovate this important economic sector
- a small sales shop of wicker-work (basket) products products from Kratie province and pottery products from Kampong Chhnang province, and silk products from Takeo province.
-- an information board about the pagoda renovation
- an information board about the Irrawaddy dolphin in Kratie

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