Tourists deported over nude photo shoot at Angkor

This piece of news has been all over the headlines these past few days. A trio of French tourists were caught at Banteay Kdei taking nude photos. This news comes after the recent outrage over another nude photo shoot at the same temple – perhaps it really needs to be said: these temples are as the name implies, religious places. You wouldn’t go to a church or a mosque and take nude photos, and the same applies here!

The trio have since been fined and deported.

Banteay Kdei in Cambodia

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Just days after the authority that operates the Angkor Archaeological Park expressed outrage at photographs circulating online of nude women posing at the park’s iconic monuments, three tourists were caught taking nude photos at the Banteay Kdei temple Thursday.

According to the Apsara Authority, which manages the temple complex in Siem Reap province, local authorities caught the nude tourists shortly after 11 a.m.

“Apsara Authority in cooperation with Siem Reap provincial tourism police and Siem Reap provincial heritage police prevented the activities of taking naked pictures by three foreign tourists at 11:10 a.m. on January 29 in the compound of the Banteay Kdei monument,” says a statement released by the authority last night.

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.

5 thoughts on “Tourists deported over nude photo shoot at Angkor”

  1. Thank you Cambodia for punishing idiocy! This is a living religious site – you wouldn’t do anything this disrespectful in a church, mosque, or Hindu temple!

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