via Khmer Times, 2 July 2018:
via Channel NewsAsia, 30 June 2018: I hope a ban on plastics takes place. Earlier this year I organised a Workshop on Sustainability and Tourism for Archaeological and Heritage Sites and waste management was one of the topics that came up as a pressing issue.
A future ban on plastic in Cambodia’s world renowned Angkor Archaeological Park will be considered by authorities, in what could be symbolic step in the country’s struggle to deal with a waste crisis.
About 30 tonnes of waste is collected from within the 400 square-kilometre complex on a daily basis, according to VGREEN, the company contracted to cleaning the popular tourist site.
Much of that garbage is discarded plastic, which is contributing to an ever-worsening situation in Cambodia, which lacks proper infrastructure and the social awareness to deal with the problem.
Cambodia, per capita, is one of the highest users of consumer plastic in the world. According to the European Union, ten million plastic bags are used in the capital city Phnom Penh every day. The average Cambodian uses 2,000 plastic bags every year, ten times that of Europeans.
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/with-cambodia-drowning-in-a-wave-of-waste-plastic-could-be-10388780
Source: With Cambodia ‘drowning in a wave’ of waste, plastic could be banned at Angkor Wat
via Khmer Times, 25 June 2018: The ancient graffiti of Angkor Wat is actually quite interesting and something I encountered while researching the invisible paintings a few years ago. The ‘graffiti’ – most of them inscriptions left behind by pilgrims – sheds light on the history of the temple during the post-Angkorian period and when the temple began to be seen as a Buddhist shrine rather than a Hindu one. Of course, leaving writing on the walls of the temples today is not only highly discouraged, it is downright illegal!
via The Wire, 16 June 2018:
The chief rationale for this project appears to be the grand Vaishnava temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Five hundred acres of land has been acquired and 1,008 Shivalingas established to mark the creation of a fifth dham for Hindus. The project is evidently well-funded. Its chief proponents perceive this enterprise as a ‘cultural investment’, an apt way to promote Hinduism beyond India, to revitalise historical links between South and Southeast Asian nations, and to encourage trans-Asian pilgrim networks.
via Bangkok Post, 15 June 2018:
Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cambodia’s Apsara Authority to exchange knowledge and expertise about community-based tourism and World Heritage Site management.
Source: MoU promotes cross-border trips
via Phnom Penh Post, 14 June 2018: Remember, flying drones over the Angkor Archaeological Park is not allowed. As a drone flyer myself I should point out that a good area of the Angkor park (including Angkor Wat) is near an airfield which means flying there generally a bad idea!
The Apsara Authority wants stricter legal action against those illegally flying drones at the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province.
via The Hindu, 07 June 2018:
Source: Angkor Wat: A bridge to the past
via Phnom Penh Post, 05 June 2018
The Apsara Authority has given approval to 134 families who live within the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap to build small structures and make minor renovations to their homes.
via Phnom Penh Post, 24 May 2018:
via Khmer Times, 15 May 2018: