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Land markers to protect angkor Wat

Hundreds of new land markers will help preserve the Angkor Wat complex and define the area surrounding the Kingdom’s national symbol, officials with the Apsara Authority said this week. Officials will install almost 600 new poles to demarcate the borders of the protected area of Angkor Park in Siem Reap province. Apsara Authority General Director Bun Narith said more than 100,000 villagers who have lived in the area for years will not be evicted, and that land purchases for the construction of hotels and restaurants will still be banned within the zone. “We are trying to ensure a balance between the temples, nature and people,” Bun Narith said. Presiding over a demarcation ceremony Wednesday, Siem Reap Provincial Governor Sou Phirin warned that the Angkor complex is a holy place. “This place is not for you to log. This place is not for you to grab land,” Sou Phirin said during the ceremony.



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