Confluences, an incubator based in Phnom Penh, together with Iconem, have announced plans to open the first immersive 3D museum in Siem Reap, dedicated to the Khmer heritage. It will open on December 1st 2021 and called: Immersive Angkor.
Update: it was announced later in 2021, the Immersive Angkor museum would not open until 2022.
Iconem is said to be an innovative player in the digitisation of endangered cultural heritage sites in 3D. “The Immersive Angkor project is based on a unique partnership between two startups. Iconem brings its cutting-edge techniques in the 3D documentation of archaeological sites while Confluences brings its perfect knowledge of Cambodia’s institutions and culture.
This is what allows us to offer an experience that fits all audiences and everyone involved in the promotion of this exceptional site” said Etienne Tellier, CEO of Iconem.
Lily He, COO at Confluences added: “We have worked on many projects in tourism, and even before COVID-19, it was clear that the country needed to revamp its tourism strategy. A project like Immersive Angkor can contribute greatly to this because it’s innovative and spectacular. I am absolutely positive this museum will be a huge success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the entire ecosystem.”
What will the Immersive Angkor Museum offer?
A press release this week says that “bringing education and new technologies together, this museum is the first permanent virtual museum dedicated to the Khmer culture and the Angkor temples.”
In addition, guests will enjoy 3D images and videos of the Angkor temples of the past which will be projected onto the museum walls, surrounding the viewers in a 360 degrees rotation.
“The idea is to offer an immersive experience: spectators can settle comfortably in the centre of the room; and wherever they look, they will really feel as if they were living in Angkor centuries ago. The audience will no longer be in front of a work of art, but inside it, allowing them to travel in space and time.”
The experience will be available in different languages, and the projections will evolve. Temporary exhibitions will also be offered regularly.
The projects also aim to help preserve the historical sites as the 3D digitization of these sites will allow them to be preserved from erosion.
Soreasmey Ke Bin, CEO at Confluences said: “We are proud to work with Iconem on the development of a project that will help Cambodian tourism reinvent itself. We hope that other ventures will follow to build projects that are both meaningful and sustainable, just like this one.”
In December 2020, Confluence also announced they were facilitating Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Engineering degrees with ECAM LaSalle & the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge.