Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination

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via Pattaya Mail, 20 October 2017:

The city of Ayutthaya is planning to install special lighting systems at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night-time. Support Pattaya Mail – Click Here Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, said a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient capital […]

Source: Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination – Pattaya Mail

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Heritage advocate appeals to Cambodian PM on Angkor Wat lights

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A heritage conservtion specialist has appealed to the Cambodian PM about the recent installation of lights at Angkor Wat, arguing that they are unsightly and will do little to boost the income Angkor generates by allowing night tours. In contrast, the Minister of Tourism and the Apsara Authority have both made the case for increasing income, however they remain “vague” about the fixtures for the lights.

Angkor lights stir controversy
Phnom Penh Post, 28 May 2009
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Bad idea: To open up Angkor Wat at night

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Here’s a bit of worrying news from Siem Reap. It seems that the tourism authorities want to extend visiting hours to the Angkor temples to night time in a bid to get more tourists and their dollars. I wonder what kind of infrastructural change facilitating night visits will entail – the construction of proper walking tracks so visitors don’t go literally feeling their way around? What about the placement of lights? The second story reports about how some agency (not sure who, the blame’s still being shifted around) had drilled holes into the walls of Angkor Wat for the installation of lightbulbs. It sounds like every conservationist’s fears about preserving the site is coming true…


Cambodia '08 - 214 - Angkor Wat
photo credit: mckaysavage

Cambodia may open Angkor Wat at night for visits
AP, via the Star, 26 May 2009

Holes are drilled into the angkor wat temple to attach electric bulbs – Who Is Wrong?
The Mirror, 25 May 2009
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