Angkor authority shuts down golf course construction

Cambodia’s Apsara Authority, which oversees the management of the Angkor Archaeological Park, shuts down a golf course being built by South Korean company. The course is near the Western Baray (reservoir). South Korea is the largest source of tourism visits to Siem Reap.

26 July 2007 (People’s Daily) – Cambodia’s Apsara Authority, which oversees the management of the Angkor Archaeological Park, shuts down a golf course being built by South Korean company. The course is near the Western Baray (reservoir). South Korea is the largest source of tourism visits to Siem Reap.

Cambodian Apsara Authority orders S. Korean golf course halted

The Apsara Authority in Siem Reap province of Cambodia has ordered a South Korean company to stop constructing a golf course, alleging that it was being built illegally inside the Angkor Archaeological Park, local media reported Thursday.

An unidentified South Korean company recently began building a golf course on land near the Western Baray, a large reservoir located west of the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temples that is considered an integral part of the temple complex, the Cambodia Daily newspaper quoted Apsara Deputy Director Dom Hak as saying.

“I found there are some buildings and a site for a golf course being built inside the land of the Apsara Authority near the Baray Region. They built with no permission from Apsara at all,” Dom Hak said.

It is illegal to build such a site in this area, he said, adding that he ordered the project to be scrapped earlier this month.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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