A Chinese replica of Angkor Wat, built for the annual China-Asean exposition, has attracted the ire of many Cambodians who feel it offends their heritage
via Paris Match, 16 Sep 2018: An article in French about how tourism is stressing out the Angkor Archaeological Park.
C’est le plus vaste site archéologique au monde et l’un des plus visités. Mais 5 millions de touristes par an, dont un afflux brutal de visiteurs chinois depuis 10 ans, l’ont transformé en un parc d’attraction effrayant. Au point de menacer l’existence même de ce joyau.
Source: Cambodge : Stop ou… Angkor !
via Cambodia News English.com, 13 September 2018: Angkor What? A new tourist attraction in Nanning City in Guangxi, China, contains replicas of the famous architecture of Angkor. The news article below doesn’t make it clear, but is seems that this is part of an ASEAN theme park featuring replicas of other famous locations in Southeast Asia. I wonder what the reactions from Cambodia are. For context, a group in India had announced in 2015 that they were going to build a Hindu temple in Bihar in the style of Angkor Wat (see also here). This idea was not well-received in Cambodia (see also here, here, here, here and here).
Nanning, in Guangxi Province,China now has a new attraction; an Angkor Wat complex. Visitors can’t tell whether they are in Cambodia or Nanning.
In Nanning City, Guangxi, a paradise is known as the Cambodian and Chinese cottage version of the “Angkor Wat” complex. The imitation is fascinating, and the tourists are said to be unclear in Cambodia or Nanning.
via Xinhua News, 01 September 2018: Latest figures from Angkor Enterprise (the state authority behind the ticketing at Angkor) reports an 8.5% rise in tourists this year compared to last year.
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park reached 78.7 million U.S. dollars in the first eight months of 2018, up 13.8 percent over the same period of last year, said a press release on Saturday.
The park welcomed 1.74 million international tourists during the January-August period this year, up 8.5 percent over the same period of last year, said the release from the state-run Angkor Enterprise, which is in charge of ticket sales at the park.
via Khmer Times, 24 August 2018:
Cambodia and Vietnam should work together to promote their popular tourist draws, particularly Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam, and the Angkor archaeological complex in Siem Reap, according to a Vietnamese official.
Nguyen Khao Thai, an official at the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communication, proposed the idea.
“Ha Long Bay, is one of the most beautiful bays and a Unesco-listed site that attracts around 7 million local and foreign tourists every year.
“Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is also a Unesco site that attracts millions of tourists, so both countries should jointly promote tourism packages to these destinations to increase the number of visitors.”
via Kosmo, 17 August 2018: The Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced a RM30 million (approximately US$7.3 million) allocation to improve tourist infrastructure at the Sungai Batu archaeological site in Kedah. Article is in Bahasa Malaysia.
SUNGAI PETANI – Kementerian Pelancongan, Seni dan Budaya akan membangunkan kemudahan infrastruktur yang lengkap bernilai RM30 juta di Kompleks Arkeologi Sungai Batu, Lembah Bjuang di sini yang merupakan tapak tamadun tertua di rantau ini berusia 2,200 tahun.
via The Nation, 17 August 2018:
Foreign tourists behaving badly have again upset officials of the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
An ANU archaeologist has developed a new app that acts as a virtual tour guide of the ancient Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia
via Phnom Penh Post, 09 August 2018: A group of tourists were prevented from performing a religious ceremony in Angkor Wat, which led to their brief detainment. It’s important to note that Angkor Wat is still a religious site and that some religious rituals are performed there at a regular basis, and people who wish to do so have to seek official permission in order to do so.
A group of Vietnamese tourists and their Cambodian guide were briefly held for questioning on Wednesday after they attempted to perform a prohibited religious ritual inside Siem Reap’s Angkor Archeological Park.
via Khmer Times, 06 August 2018: Voted number one in TripAdvisor. There will be an award ceremony on Thursday morning and a street party at Pub street in the evening.
TripAdvisor has ranked Angkor Wat Temple as the World’s Best Landmark for 2018.