Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - With new name, cultural village reopens as visitors hit Siem Reap

With new name, cultural village reopens as visitors hit Siem Reap

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Visitors explore Angkor Green Gardens on June 18. Angkor Green Gardens

With new name, cultural village reopens as visitors hit Siem Reap

Under the new name “Angkor Green Gardens”, the former Cambodian Cultural Village in Siem Reap has reopened, welcoming thousands of visitors for free until June 30.

Hang Vannak, the general manager of Angkor Green Gardens, told The Post: “We opened to allow tourists to visit Angkor Green Gardens on the holiday for the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Mother. We attracted many guests on Saturday June 18, recording 7,720 visitors, with more than 13,018 on the Sunday.

“Over the two days of June 18-19, we did see foreign visitors, according to observations between two to five per cent, mostly foreigners living in Cambodia.”

He said on June 20 that Angkor Green Gardens continued to welcome a steady stream of visitors, although numbers naturally dropped slightly during the working and school week.

The reopening has been carried out by the large Cambodian hotel investment company, Dara Hotels, which has been studying a master plan for the development of Angkor Green Gardens, as well as focusing on the maintenance and renovation of attractions.

“Regarding the detailed plans, we are in the study phase, which requires an examination of the flow of visitors and the flow of the economy.

“The clean-up and renovations started in May, with us cleaning up as much as possible and bringing the gardens back to life. This was the first mission. We are now looking to develop other areas to offer tourists more options and attract more visitors,” Vannak said.

Located along National Road 6 in Kaksekam Village, the 21-hectare site consists of a wax museum and 12 villages based on Cambodian heritage.

Tourists can enjoy free entry to Angkor Green Gardens until the end of the month, with tickets set to go sale in July, its general manager said.

“After opening with free entry, we will from the beginning of July be selling tickets at very reasonable prices for both Cambodians and foreigners.

“We want to promote our tourism to attract more visitors because Siem Reap was very badly affected by the two-year Covid crisis, and we want to move on to enable our people to again have jobs and enjoy increased economic momentum,” Vannak said.

The Ministry of Tourism on June 20, 2022 revealed that 364,636 tourists domestic tourists travelled the country – with Siem Reap welcoming a total of 48,867 visitors – on the weekend of June 18-19, 2022, an increase of 11 .45 per cent on last weekend.

According to the ministry report, the number of visitors in Siem Reap increased significantly that weekend, especially with the opening of the Angkor Green Gardens, with the Apsara National Authority having launched the Angkor Botanical Garden on May 18.

The Cambodian Cultural Village Company announced the complete closure of its business from November 7, 2020 after it could not afford to pay costs due to the sharp decline in the number of tourists as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • PM to open new Siem Reap int’l airport December 1

    Prime Minister Hun Manet and Chinese leaders would jointly participate in the official opening of the new Chinese-invested Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport on December 1. The airport symbolises a new page in the history of Cambodian aviation, which will be able to welcome long-distance flights to

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former

  • Minimum wage set at $204, after Sep 28 vote

    The minimum wage for factory workers in the garment, footwear and travel goods industries for 2024 has been decided at $204 per month, with the government contributing $2. Following several negotiation sessions, the tripartite talks reached an agreement during a September 28 vote, with 46 of 51 votes supporting the $202 figure.