via Cambodianess, 30 September 2023: The article discusses a temple built in Thailand resembling Angkor Wat, causing mixed reactions. While some view it as promoting Khmer culture, others express concern over cultural appropriation and loss of tourism income for Cambodia. It reflects a broader issue of replicas and cultural ownership.
Construction of a temple in Thailand that apparently resembles Angkor Wat has caused controversy and criticism from Cambodian social media users and has raised questions about whether it should be allowed to be built.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has vowed take up the issue with the Thai side.
Sambo Manara, a history professor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, said that it was true that marvelous architectural structures in the world were replicated in other countries.
“Imitators ceaselessly adore those stunning designs and look forward to seeing their countries being well known as the country of origin,” Manara said.