The Apsara National Authority (ANA) is setting up wooden benches in the shade under trees at Angkor Wat for tourists, especially the elderly, to rest during their visit.
In a social media post, the ANA said the benches were done as part of the work of restoring infrastructure, organising public order, arranging gardens, planting saplings, cleaning the environment, maintaining the temples and environmental work within the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Sek Vida, technical officer of the Tourism Equipment Inspection Team of the Department of Tourism Development and Culture, said these wooden benches will also help protect the temple stones and grass around the temple as visitors previously often sat on the stones or grass when they needed to rest.
Lek Kimlin, a team leader for a tourism agency that operates at Angkor Wat, said that the ANA’s addition of the benches was appreciated by tourists and made visits by guests, particularly the elderly, much easier.
“These wooden benches help tourists, who can now sit and relax after a long walk and rest their tired and sore feet while visiting the temple. This will be helpful for older tourists,” he said.