via Khmer Times, 4 Mar 2019: The move is to stem littering in the Angkor complex.
The Apsara Authority has banned visitors from eating food in the World-heritage temple complex.
Hang Pov, Apsara Authority director, said in a letter dated Thursday that the authority wished to remind relevant parties that the Angkor area is a World Heritage Site with many famous temples, especially Angkor Wat, and that eating food in the complex is now banned.
“In order to preserve the precious Khmer legacy and to maintain public order and good sanitation, we ban all food, especially packed meals brought in during sunrise or sunset visits, in the temple complex,” he said.
The Apsara Authority, on behalf of the Angkor Archaeological Park, on Wednesday accepted a Smoke-Free Heritage Award from the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) and the World Health Organisation based in the Asia-Pacific region.
The award was presented during a workshop to advance the campaign to make Siem Reap a smoke-free city.
The event, held at the Apsara Palace Hotel, was attended by Ministry of Tourism undersecretary of state Hor Saron and Seatca representative Dr Domilyn Villarreiz.
The award follows the Apsara Authority’s successful efforts to increase public awareness of the issue, emphasise the detrimental impact on the temples and transform Angkor Archaeological Park into a smoke-free zone.
via Xinhua, 01 March 2019: This is the first time in recent memory I’ve read about a drop in tourist numbers at Angkor. Could this be we have reached peak tourism in Angkor?
Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park attracted 544,309 foreign tourists in the first two months of 2019, down 7.7 percent compared to the same period last year, said a statement on Friday.
The ancient park made gross revenue of 25 million U.S. dollars from ticket sales during the January-February period this year, also down 8.7 percent over the same period last year, said the state-owned Angkor Enterprises statement.
From PNAS, 25 Feb 2019 with links to news stories below: Analyzing sediment cores from Angkor reveal that the decline of Angkor took place over a long period of time, rather than a dramatic “fall“.
Geoarchaeological evidence from Angkor, Cambodia, reveals a gradual decline rather than a catastrophic 15th-century collapse
Alternative models exist for the movement of large urban populations following the 15th-century CE abandonment of Angkor, Cambodia. One model emphasizes an urban diaspora following the implosion of state control in the capital related, in part, to hydroclimatic variability. An alternative model suggests a more complex picture and a gradual rather than catastrophic demographic movement. No decisive empirical data exist to distinguish between these two competing models. Here we show that the intensity of land use within the economic and administrative core of the city began to decline more than one century before the Ayutthayan invasion that conventionally marks the end of the Angkor Period. Using paleobotanical and stratigraphic data derived from radiometrically dated sediment cores extracted from the 12th-century walled city of Angkor Thom, we show that indicia for burning, forest disturbance, and soil erosion all decline as early as the first decades of the 14th century CE, and that the moat of Angkor Thom was no longer being maintained by the end of the 14th century. These data indicate a protracted decline in occupation within the economic and administrative core of the city, rather than an abrupt demographic collapse, suggesting the focus of power began to shift to urban centers outside of the capital during the 14th century.
The Apsara Authority has been installing boards informing the public on the prohibition against buying and selling land in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area, following recent Facebook posts of land sales in the world heritage protected site.
Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal on Thursday said it has come across announcements of unsanctioned sale of land in Zone 1 and Zone 2 of Angkor.
“Residents, please do not believe the rumours created by people that some land in the Angkor area can be used for construction,” he said.
via Phnom Penh Post, 11 Feb 2019: An almost-intact pot was discovered in a nursery in Siem Reap. The pot is believed to have been manufactured from the Torp Chey kiln.
An Angkor-era pot is being cleaned by Apsara Authority Forest Management Department experts after being unearthed in Prasat Takeo Nursery, in Siem Reap town’s Rohal village, Nokor Thom commune, on Wednesday.
The pot will then be displayed at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum in Siem Reap.
The Apsara Authority is responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park. Its spokesman Long Kosal told The Post on Sunday that the ancient pot is in good condition, although its lip has been chipped by a hoe blade. It has a smooth brownish surface, while carvings on it reveal its origins.
via Newsin.Asia, 30 Jan 2019: Update on the Chinese restoration of the Ta Keo temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Dozens of Chinese experts from various fields including mapping, geology, archaeology, architecture and biology worked together with Cambodian colleagues to overcome a string of obstacles. It took them eight years to restore Ta Keo.
Ta Keo is the second project of the Chinese government’s aid for preserving, conserving and restoring Angkor temples, after the Chausay Tevada temple project that started in 1998 was completed in 2008.
Chinese experts have been working with local colleagues for over two decades to revive the invaluable treasures of Cambodia.
via VOA Cambodia, 21 Jan 2019 and Khmer Times: Cambodia has lodged a complaint over the sales of toilet products decorated with the imagery of Angkor on them – this placement is considered extremely disrespectful.
The Cambodian government has written a letter of complaint to online retailer Amazon over the platform’s hosting of bathroom products emblazoned with the image of Angkor Wat and other “national symbols”.
Thai Noraksatya, culture ministry spokesman, said the ministry had sent the letter to Amazon, calling for an immediate halt to the sales of the products on its website.
“We are yet to see a written response [from Amazon]. However, according to our research online, we can see that Amazon already took down those pictures and made adjustments.”
via Phnom Penh Post, 02 Jan 2019 and other sources: The latest tourist figures to the Angkor Archaeological Park for 2018. The 2.6 million figure counts ticket sales for international tourists, and may not necessarily reflect true visitor numbers since Cambodians enjoy access for free.
The Angkor Archaeological Park welcomed nearly 2.6 million international visitors last year, generating more than $100 million in revenue, a statement from the state-run Angkor Enterprise released on Tuesday said.
The park saw a 5.45 per cent rise in visitors to 2.59 million from last year, while revenue from ticket sales jumped eight per cent, generating $116.64 million.
However, revenue declined 1.59 per cent to around $12.11 million in December even though the number of visitors to the Kingdom’s iconic tourist site increased 0.16 per cent to 267,647.