The Apsara National Authority (ANA) will cut down about 60 trees and prune other dangerous branches around the temples and important places in the Angkor Archaeological Park to ensure the safety of tourists and the public and to enhance the beauty of the park.

In a December 5 notice, it informed the relevant institutions and authorities, tourist associations, national and international tourists and the public that the work will begin from December 6.

About 60 endangered trees identified by ANA experts are scheduled to be cut down: 15 trees in the Angkor Botanical Garden area; four at Beng Mealea Temple; 10 on either side of the railing at the Chey Dragon Gate; 10 at Chao Srey Vibol temple; 11 at Banteay Khyang temple; seven at Banteay Ampil temple; one at the west of Phiman Akas temple; and two at the east entrance of Takeo temple. They will be pruning branches that pose a risk at other locations.

ANA spokesman Long Kosal could not be reached for comment on December 5.