Tourists deported over nude photo shoot at Angkor


This piece of news has been all over the headlines these past few days. A trio of French tourists were caught at Banteay Kdei taking nude photos. This news comes after the recent outrage over another nude photo shoot at the same temple – perhaps it really needs to be said: these temples are as the name implies, religious places. You wouldn’t go to a church or a mosque and take nude photos, and the same applies here!

The trio have since been fined and deported.

Banteay Kdei in Cambodia

Tourists Caught Taking Nude Photos at Angkorian Site
Cambodia Daily, 30 January 2015

Cambodia detains 3 foreign tourists for taking porn photos at heritage site
Xinhua, via Global Post, 30 January 2015

French tourists arrested for nude photos at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
AFP, via The Straits Times, 30 January 2015

Three arrested in latest row over nude snaps at Angkor park
Phnom Penh Post, 31 January 2015

Angkor temple naked photo session leads to tourists’ arrest
Global Travel Industry News, 31 January 2015

Tourists in Nude Photo Shoot to Face the Law
Cambodia Daily, 31 January 2015

French tourists in nude Cambodia photo scandal to be deported
AFP, via the Straits Times, 31 January 2015

French tourists in nude Cambodia photo scandal to be deported
AFP, via GMA Network, 01 February 2015

Cambodia deports French nude pics tourists
AAP, via SBS, 01 February 2015

Cambodia deports 3 Frenchmen for nude Angkor Wat photo shoot
Asian Correspondent, 02 February 2015

What cheek! French tourists deported and banned from re-entering Cambodia for four years after posing nude at Angkor temple
Daily Mail, 02 February 2015

Three Frenchmen Caught Naked at Temple Sentenced, Deported
Cambodia Daily, 02 February 2015

Just days after the authority that operates the Angkor Archaeological Park expressed outrage at photographs circulating online of nude women posing at the park’s iconic monuments, three tourists were caught taking nude photos at the Banteay Kdei temple Thursday.

According to the Apsara Authority, which manages the temple complex in Siem Reap province, local authorities caught the nude tourists shortly after 11 a.m.

“Apsara Authority in cooperation with Siem Reap provincial tourism police and Siem Reap provincial heritage police prevented the activities of taking naked pictures by three foreign tourists at 11:10 a.m. on January 29 in the compound of the Banteay Kdei monument,” says a statement released by the authority last night.

Full story here.

Photoshoot featuring topless woman in Angkorian temple raises uproar

Topless woman at Banteay Kdei. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150126

Photos of a topless woman posing in an Angkorian temple appeared in the internet over the weekend, drawing many protests and comments about propriety in what are essentially religious sites. The creators of the photos are thought to be a group based in China, although the specific parties have not been identified.

Topless woman at Banteay Kdei. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150126

Topless woman at Banteay Kdei. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150126

Nude photos draw Apsara Authority’s ire
Phnom Penh Post, 26 January 2015

Apsara Authority Slams ‘Pornographic’ Photos
Cambodia Daily, 26 January 2015

Hindus Upset At Pornographic Filming At Angkor [Link no longer active]
Updated news, 26 January 2015

Protest against shooting of pornographic pictures near Angkor Wat Temple
Bihar Prabha, 26 January 2015

Racy photos depicting a topless Apsara dancer reclining amid Angkorian ruins have incensed the government agency responsible for Angkor Park.

Shortly after the photos hit Facebook on Saturday, the Apsara Authority launched an investigation, and yesterday released a statement condemning the images as a tasteless affront to Khmer culture.

“Angkor is a religious, sacred site for Cambodian people. This kind of behaviour is very insulting not just to our religion but also to Khmer identity,” said Kerya Chau Sun, the spokesperson for Apsara Authority.

The controversial photos bear a watermark for “WANIMAL,” which Apsara Authority officials said they believe to be a Chinese company.

Full story here.

Categories: Angkor Cambodia


Wednesday Rojak #42

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It’s almost been a month since the last Wednesday Rojak, and that’s because I’ve been traveling quite heavily for the last three weeks because of the term break and some family matters. On the flip side, it also means that I’ve amassed a few stories for this week’s very belated edition of rojak! Beside visiting Borobudur and Angkor, we also have a closer look at some of the sites in the Philippines.

Fort San Pedro
photo credit: thumbbook
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