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Monks call for noisy Siem Reap club to be shut down

Monks from Siem Reap’s Wat Damnak have complained to authorities about noise pollution coming from a nearby discotheque located behind the nightclub that burned down in the area last November.

The monks sent the Siem Reap provincial government a letter on Sunday asking them to shut down the Classic Hip Hop club – which is located adjacent to the pagoda – due to loud noise coming from it at night.

“We are asking authorities to intervene and ensure that no noise and music will come out every night from the club,” said Venerable Chhorn Chheourn.

“The pagoda is a quiet place for monks to meditate and concentrate their minds on their study,” said the letter, which was signed by more than 100 monks and residents.

Siem Reap city governor Sou Platong said he had yet to receive the letter.

“I haven’t received any letter about this, but if we receive it, we will work together to find a solution,” Platong said.

Classic Hip Hop was temporarily closed after an electrical fault sparked a deadly blaze at the adjacent Hip Hop Club.

The fire led to the deaths of four Cambodians who lived locally and an Australian man.

Classic Hip Hop opened three days after the blaze due to a lack of fire damage.

The club owner could not be reached for comment.

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