The great wall of Cambodia

Now, this is where the story gets ridiculous. Cambodia has annnounced plans to erect walls across disputed border territories, including over the territory at Preah Vihear. In effect, they’re going to prevent access to the temple from Thailand and try building cable car(?) access from the Cambodian side. IMO, a move to block off Preah Vihear isn’t going to help with preserving the temple or attracting tourists.

Cambodia’s temple wall
Bangkok Post, 24 August 2008

Cambodia plans to build a Berlin-style wall to shut off Thailand and develop tourist facilities around the still disputed Preah Vihear temple, a senior official said on Sunday.

The Cambodian government will build a series of walls at “complicated border areas,” while still calling for talks to mark and properly demarcate the frontier, Khieu Kanharith, Information Minister and government spokesman, told reporters at a press conference.


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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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