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Last bastion of the Khmer Rouge set for tourist makeover

Last bastion of the Khmer Rouge set for tourist makeover

The last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge, at Anlong Veng in Oddar Meanchey province, will be transformed into a historic tourist attraction overseen by a governmental inter-ministry committee.

Anlong Veng district governor and committee member Yem Phana said plans were already under way to develop the site and project partners were being sought.

The site, which will feature historical documents and significant landmarks of Khmer Rouge leaders, was expected to attract large numbers of tourists, Yem Phana said.

“The Anlong Veng area could become a small Angkor Wat for drawing visitors,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen laid out plans late last month to form the inter-ministry committee to manage and develop Anlong Veng, according to a government notice.

The committee, chaired by  Tourism Minister Thong Khon, would restore sites and develop facilities, Yem Phana said.

He said 14 sites, divided into a lowland and a mountainous area, would include the school of notorious Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok and the cremat-ion site of Pol Pot.

Ta Mok’s daughter, Prek Lin, told the Post she welcomed the project. “I am happy that they will conserve my father’s house for tourists,” she said.

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