PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Aug 14 (NNN-AKP) – Cambodia banned tourists from eating on the lawns around the Angkor Wat temple.
Local authority on Wednesday (today), said that, the practice diminishes the temple’s cultural value and harms the environment.
Hang Pov, director general of Apsara National Authority, responsible for protecting and preserving the Angkor Archaeological Park, said that, food vendors are also prohibited from setting up mattresses or hammocks for guests, to eat meals on the grass.
“These activities have affected the value of cultural heritage, as well as, the environment and public order in the Angkor Archaeological Park,” he said.
The authorities will spend 45 days advising food vendors and tourists on this ban, he said, adding that, after this period, they will take an administrative measure against violators.
The Angkor Archaeological Park, the kingdom’s most popular tourist destination, is located in north-west Cambodia’s Siem Reap province and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.
The ancient park received 1.39 million foreign tourists in the first seven months of 2019, earning gross revenue of 62.3 million U.S. dollars from ticket sales, according to government figures.– NNN-AKP