Apsara Authority refutes claims about Angkor park ticketing

A couple more stories related to the license to issue tickets at Angkor. The Apsara Authority has refuted claims that the monuments have been rented out to an extra-national company.

Apsara Authority Rejects Claim Angkor Wat ‘Rented Out’
Cambodia Daily, 27 November 2014

Eyes on Aspara’s pot of gold [Link no longer active]
TTR Weekly, 27 November 2014

The Apsara Authority, which manages the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap City, on Wednesday rejected claims made by popular opposition radio host Mam Sonando last week that the temple complex has been “rented out” to a Vietnamese company.

Mr. Sonando, a prominent government critic who owns the Beehive Radio station, said during a broadcast aired on Friday that the Angkor Wat temple complex had been leased to a Vietnamese firm for a 99-year term.

“I want to say that no matter how weak and at-risk we are, we can’t rent it out to any company,” Mr. Sonando said. “What’s the reason? You know, it’s because Angkor Wat is our national identity. There’s an image of Angkor Wat on our flag, no?

“So, if they rent it out to Vietnam—sell it, pawn it for 99 years—does our national flag have any meaning?”

In a statement Wednesday, the Apsara Authority affirmed that it alone was the body tasked with “the mission to protect, organize and preserve the historic Angkor resort.”

Full story here.

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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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