Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas

Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Burial sites are shown near the foot of Phnom Svay mountain in Banteay Meanchey. national police

Banteay Meanchey calls for halt on new stupas

Provincial authorities in Banteay Meanchey on Thursday called an urgent meeting after villagers filed a complaint calling for a halt to the construction of graves and stupas in the provincial capital.

The complaint was made after the demarcation for burial facilities was extended at Phnom Svay in Serey Sophon town.

Banteay Meanchey deputy governor Ly Sary called on citizens to prevent the construction of such facilities at the foot of Phnom Svay mountain.

“We will not allow any more construction of graves. The Department of Cults and Religions must provide a complete database of stupas or graves in the province to prepare measures to address this issue immediately,” he said.

According to Sary, town residents requested that encroachment on the hill be stopped.

“This halt is enacted in order for us to take good care of the environment, improve the beauty of the mountain, save the greenery and minimise the construction of graves that affect the foot of the mountain since it’s a tourist destination,” Sary said.

He stressed that the provincial religions department must draft a letter to its national-level colleagues to announce the action. He called on the local department of mines and energy to oversee the issue.

Orth Oung Samphors, an affairs officer at the province’s department of religions, said on Thursday that there are monks and pagodas near the foot of the mountain.

“The ministry has already put up a public notice on the construction of stupas or graves in the Phnom Svay area.

“But cases like this still happen there because some Buddhist followers colluded with the pagoda’s chief monk.” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,