Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Angkor Wat shops and stalls demolished for tourism infrastructure

Angkor Wat shops and stalls demolished for tourism infrastructure

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The ANA plans to demolish or remove all constructions in the Angkor Wat temple area by the end of the year, said ANA spokesman Long Kosal. ANA

Angkor Wat shops and stalls demolished for tourism infrastructure

The Apsara National Authority (ANA), in cooperation with the Siem Reap provincial Department of Tourism, has worked with residents to remove 10 stalls and restaurants near the Angkor Wat temple during the first six months of this year.

The ANA plans to demolish or remove all constructions in the Angkor Wat temple area by the end of the year, said ANA spokesman Long Kosal.

Kosal said restaurant owners had agreed to remove the 10 constructions and stalls in the area and handed the locations to the ANA to develop tourism infrastructure.

He said all the businesspeople in the affected areas were willing to cooperate with the ANA and would remove their structures as requested.

“The 10 removed constructions are big stalls and restaurants that were roofed. Some of them were covered with zinc and others were thatched roofs. There are no more left – they have removed them almost completely.”

Restaurant owner Srun Kimseng, who owned a restaurant in front of the Angkor Wat temple, said on Monday that his restaurant was 20m long and 30m wide. He said he removed it last month to maintain the area’s beauty and help the ANA.

“Usually, the problem of removing this restaurant affects both livelihoods and materials. But we must join together to promote the environment, culture and beauty of the temple’s compound.

“I still have another restaurant in Siem Reap town. If the ANA could find a proper location for us to reopen, I will follow their guidance,” he said.

ANA’s Facebook page quoted the organisation’s deputy director-general Yith Chandaroth as saying that all constructions must be removed without exception, even the ANA’s compound in the off-limits area.

On behalf of the ANA, he thanked the Ministry of Tourism, the provincial Department of Tourism and all businesspeople for cooperating in a common mission to preserve and increase the popularity of Angkor Wat.

He said the ANA will develop a community square in front of the famous temple.

MOST VIEWED

  • Historic Battambang town bans billboards

    The Battambang town administration informed all house and business owners in Svay Por commune to remove all billboards by August 1 as it is preparing to submit the town to UNESCO for inclusion on its historical cultural heritage list. Its July 25 notice said all signage was

  • All foreigners' accommodations to be inspected: Sar Kheng

    The Ministry of Interior is undertaking a serious effort to inspect all the accommodations of foreigners in Cambodia – except diplomats – in order to find and identify human traffickers. Minister Sar Kheng said this would include inspections on the homes of foreigners employed by businesses, private

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker