via Phnom Penh Post, 01 October 2022: In the meantime, the 35 that have already been constructed will be allowed to continue, albeit with strict construction restrictions.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has strictly prohibited the construction of additional pagodas or other religious facilities within the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province because they will make it difficult to manage and could affect the UNESCO listed World Heritage Site status.
“I call for the prohibition [of building more pagodas in the area], and give an order to the Apsara National Authority and authorities in Siem Reap province to be responsible before the prime minister. The Minister of Culture and Fine Arts is also responsible before the prime minister and before the Royal Government for prohibiting the construction of additional pagodas, whether Buddhist pagodas, temples, mosques or other religious places of worship within the Angkor Archaeological Park,” he said.
The call came on October 1 as he met with nearly 3,000 people who have agreed to move their houses and structures from the Angkor resort area and other areas under the Apsara National Authority to live in the Run Ta Ek eco-village in Banteay Srei district.