Code of Conduct video to teach tourists how to behave at Angkor Wat [Link no longer active]
The New Paper, 10 December 2015
An elephant-riding Angkor-era warrior looks on appalled as visitors to Angkor Wat smoke, take selfies with monks, and put their feet on statues in a video released on Friday to encourage good behaviour at Cambodia’s most popular ancient site.
The film, produced by the Apsara Authority, which runs the Angkor temple complex, hammers home a code of conduct introduced earlier this year after highly publicised incidents of bad behaviour including the use of the temple as a backdrop for nude photos.
“It’s our duty to respect the Angkor code of conduct,” Apsara Authority’s deputy director-general Sok Sangvar says in the slickly produced two-minute film.
“These rules are made in order to prevent negative impacts on our temple, our environment and our culture.”
Besides the new opening times at Angkor, a new code of conduct for tourists has just been published, in time for the tourist season. The code, which is summarised as a poster for visitors explain the appropriate behaviours in the temples – such as not taking selfies with monks and also not stripping naked in public.
Angkor tourist code of conduct. Source: Daily Mail 20151113
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is to open earlier so that more people can see it – but visitors will have to abide by a new code of conduct put in place around the site.
From January 1, the main Khmer temple of Angkor, Angkor Wat, alongside smaller Phnom Bakheng, will be opening two hours earlier, from 5.30am, in order to cater for those wanting to see sunrise from the temples.
In the meantime, a code of conduct has been published on posters outside temples in an attempt to curb the inappropriate behaviour of some of the thousands who already visit each year.
Cambodian monks, tour guides, local authorities and Unesco representatives spent two years discussing the types of behaviour that they would like to see eradicated from the important Khmer site.
After several recent incidents of tourists behaving badly at the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Apsara Authority said yesterday that it has nearly completed a code of conduct for tourists visiting the temples, a work two years in the making.
By early June, they should be ready to send a draft to experts at the International Criminal Court to review the code’s legality, Sok Sangvar, head of tourism management planning for Apsara, said yesterday. But much of it is common sense.
“Basically the code looks at where we need to indicate what not to do when visiting Angkor,” Sangvar said. “[Such as] not dressing inappropriately, and not touching things.”