Angkor Wat voted world’s top tourist site
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat was yesterday named the world’s number one landmark in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice awards.
The Khmer Times reports that the World Heritage site beat competition from the likes of India’s Taj Mahal, Peru’s Machu Picchu, and St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City to take the top spot.
The winners of the annual Traveller’s Choice awards are calculated based on the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks over a 12-month period.
Angkor Wat consistently impressed reviewers among more than two million tourists that visit the site annually.
Fewer than 10,000 foreign tourists visited Angkor Wat in 1993, but this number had swelled to more than 2.19 million by the end of last year, generating $62.5 million from ticket sales.
In February, the government set a new price for entrance to the historical park, bringing the cost into line with other tourism destinations in the region.
The price of a one-day pass is now $37, up from $20, while a three-day pass rose to $62 from $40 and a weekly pass to $72 from $60.
7 July 2016
Don’t even think about going topless! They will crack down on scantily clad women.
New Angkor Wat dress code from Aug. 4: Pants or skirts below the knees, shirt covering shoulders.
#Cambodia cracks down on scantily-clad visitors to Angkor Wat
PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Tourists showing cleavage or wearing skimpy clothes will be banned from Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex, authorities said Thursday (July 7), after a slew of photos emerged of scantily-clad visitors at the sacred site.
From Aug 4 tourists wearing “revealing” clothes will be asked change or face a bar from the vast site, according to the state agency charged with managing the Angkor complex.
Long Kosal, of the Apsara Authority, explained that clothes considered to be revealing would be “too short – so they reveal buttocks – or not wearing bras, or T-shirts that show the back and upper body.” “The clothes show disrespect to our beautiful culture and tradition,” he added.
The decree by the Apsara Authority carried photos showing tourists who appeared to be western in various states of undress at the site – including a woman walking around in a T-shirt and her underwear.
The Angkor Archaeological Park, a world heritage site, contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th century and is Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination.
No, it’s not to make it easier to catch and arrest strippers at Angkor Wat but to ease traffic om the jammed road.
PHNOM PENH — The main road alongside Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple is now off-limits to cars as authorities seek to ease traffic jams at the site that draws 2.1 million tourists a year.
“From now on, only tourists walking by foot or riding bicycles are allowed to travel on the road in front of Angkor Wat temple,” the country’s Prime Minister Mr Hun Sen said via a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 3).
The new rule applies to the 300m stretch of road in front of Angkor Wat.
Cars and tourist vans are still permitted on other roads in the Angkor Archeological Park, a 400-sq-m complex with dozens of ancient temples.
Angkor Wat prohibits exposure of ‘sex organs’ in wake of naked tourist incidents
Published November 13, 2015
Signs have been posted in four different languages outside the archeological site to remind visitors of proper behavior while touring the ruins. Modest dress is emphasized, tourists are reminded not to smoke, and all are asked to stay out of restricted areas. Revealing clothing such as shorts and skirts above the knee or shoulder-baring tops are now prohibited, according to the new poster.
At the bottom of the sign, bright red lettering warns “Any act of looting, breaking or damaging Angkor, or exposing sex organs and nudity in public area is a crime punishable by law.”
just released : when you visit angkor wat read all these codes :dress code , no bare shoulders,short skirt under knees ,no smoking ,no selfie with monk ,no backpack .tripod and umbrellas allowed inside a temple ,no giving candy or money to children ,no feeding monkeys and more ……………too much restrict ?
Tourists are also given advice about the proper way to photograph monks—i.e. it’s important ask permission before snapping away.
10 December 2015
Cambodian authorities are so fed up with the behaviour of foreign tourists at the sacred grounds of Angkor Wat that they’ve released a code of conduct video to educate them.
Uploaded on Dec 3, the video shows a Khmer King riding on an elephant through the temple’s grounds. The king stopped when he spotted foreign tourists walking around the complex, disregarding respect for the sacred complex.
According to the Telegraph, the video is designed to show tourists the types of behaviour that are considered unacceptable, reiterating the stern rules which bans activities such as smoking, giving to begging children and taking selfies with monks.
Angkor Watt new rules to keep tourists fully clothed
A new rule has been put in place by the Khmer templer Angkor Watt after 8 foreigners were deported for taking partially naked pictures at the temple
World Bulletin / News Desk
A Cambodian authority overseeing the management of the historic Angkor Wat temple complex has disseminated a new set of rules following a bizarre phenomenon of tourists taking partially naked pictures of themselves.
The new regulations, shared on Information Minister Khieu Kanharith’s Facebook page Monday, dissuade visitors to the ancient ruins at the Angkor Archeological Park from talking loudly, dressing inappropriately and smoking.
In addition, visitors are warned against giving money to begging children, which the Apsara Authority says “encourages them not to attend school, but to beg.”
“Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places,” and “respectful dress” is expected at all times.
Visitors are told they must also refrain from touching the ancient structures, some of which bear elaborate base reliefs depicting various scenes.
The release of the new guide Sunday comes after a series of incidents in which foreign tourists have their pictures taken at the Angkorian temples while partially naked.
The Phnom Penh Post
Ta Prohm exhibitionists face expulsion
Three more foreign tourists face being kicked out of Cambodia for taking naked photos at the Angkor Archeological Park.
Two men, an Italian and Argentinean, and a Dutch woman were arrested yesterday afternoon at Ta Prohm temple by tourism police, according to Long Kosal, a spokesman for the Apsara Authority, which manages the historic complex.
“They are now at court for legal action,” Kosal said. “A tourism agent arrested them when they saw activities of [the group] taking nude photos from behind the body.”
It is the third time this year visitors to the World Heritage site have been busted for taking nude photos of themselves among the ancient ruins.
PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Three tourists appeared in a Cambodian court Monday accused of taking photographs of their bare bottoms inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, an official said on Monday.
Two men – an Italian and Argentinian – and a Dutch woman, were arrested after a guard spotted them taking the cheeky pictures at one of the temples at the ancient site on Sunday.
“They were taking photos showing their bottoms,” Long Kosal of the Apsara Authority – the government agency managing the Angkor complex – told AFP.
The Phnom Penh Post
Naked temple shoots perplex
In less than a month, the Kingdom has kicked out seven foreigners for public nudity, including two American sisters and three French tourists who, in separate cases, disrobed at different ancient temples in the Siem Reap complex and posed for pictures.
Further, the Apsara Authority, which manages the archaeological site and has vowed to boost security in response, is investigating two more sets of naked pictures taken amid the ruins, including one captioned “hakuna matata” that features a naked couple wearing animal masks.
ANOTHER ‘DIRTY’ PHOTO APPEARS!
WHY DON’T THEY DEPORT THESE?
WILL MORE BE ‘EXPOSED’ AS TIME GOES BY?
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY!
Before the two American women and the three Frenchmen, there was an Asian woman…
Nude photos draw Apsara Authority’s ire
Shortly after the photos hit Facebook on Saturday, the Apsara Authority launched an investigation, and yesterday released a statement condemning the images as a tasteless affront to Khmer culture.
“Angkor is a religious, sacred site for Cambodian people. This kind of behaviour is very insulting not just to our religion but also to Khmer identity,” said Kerya Chau Sun, the spokesperson for Apsara Authority.
The controversial photos bear a watermark for “WANIMAL,” which Apsara Authority officials said they believe to be a Chinese company.
An account for Wanimal on the Chinese photo-sharing site Lofter features a series of images of naked or partially clothed women in exotic backgrounds. The account administrators did not immediately return request for comment yesterday.
The portraits of the topless woman in Apsara dancer garb were likely snapped during a quiet moment at the Banteay Kdei temple, said Khieu Thy, president of the Angkor Tourist Guide Association.
“The pictures are really photos [at the location], not edited by Photoshop,” said Thy, who compared the images to pornography.
The Apsara Authority said it plans to submit a complaint after gathering more information about the pictures. Yesterday the agency was unable to identify the photographer or determine whether the half-nude woman depicted was Cambodian, however.
January 25, 2015
Photos of an unidentified woman posing in a temple in Siem Reap. (Photos: Facebook)
PHNOM PENH — Nude photos of an Asian woman believed taken at ancient temples in the northern province Siem Reap have raised eyebrows in Cambodia.
Chau Sun Kerya, spokeswoman for Apsara Authority, which oversees all ancient temples in Siem Reap, told Kyodo News on Monday that her agency is investigating the incident.
Five photos of a topless woman hit social media in Cambodia on Saturday and they are widely circulating on the Internet.
Sun Kerya said ancient temples and the Angkor Wat temple complex are religious and sacred sites.
“This kind of behaviour, if true, is insulting Khmer culture and religion,” she said.
Of the two America women, sisters, it was reported:
“They lowered their pants to their knees and took pictures of their buttocks…”
Leslie Adams, 20, and Lindsey Adams, 22, were sentenced Saturday to be deported after they took naked pictures of each other in Preah Khan Temple in Cambodia’s Angkor complex the day before, officials said.
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PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Two American sisters have been arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said on Saturday – the latest nude stunt by tourists to spark anger.
Lindsey Adams, 22, and her 20-year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking “nude pictures” inside the Preah Khan temple at the world heritage site on Friday, the Apsara Authority – the government agency managing the Angkor complex – said in a statement. “The two tourists admitted that they really made a mistake by taking nude photos,” the statement read.
Siem Reap, Cambodia: Three French tourists (Rodolphe Stephane Marie Fourgeot, Vincent Henri Bocquet and Alexandre Andre Raymond VIX) have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said.
The male tourists were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei temple at the world heritage site, Chau Sun Kerya, spokeswoman for the Apsara Authority — the government agency managing the Angkor complex told AFP.
“The temple is a worship site and their behaviour is inappropriate. They were nude,” she said.
Keat Bunthan, a senior heritage police official in northwestern Siem Reap province, confirmed the nationalities of the arrested and said many Cambodians would be offended by the tourists’ actions.
“Their activities affect our culture. Nobody should take nude pictures at ancient temples,” he told AFP.
The Apsara Authority said in a statement that the three tourists have “admitted they really made a mistake by taking nude pictures”.
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