Angkor Watt new rules to keep tourists fully clothed

A new rule has been put in place by the Khmer templer Angkor Watt after 8 foreigners were deported for taking partially naked pictures at the temple

Angkor Watt new rules to keep tourists fully clothed

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Cambodian authority overseeing the management of the historic Angkor Wat temple complex has disseminated a new set of rules following a bizarre phenomenon of tourists taking partially naked pictures of themselves. 

The new regulations, shared on Information Minister Khieu Kanharith’s Facebook page Monday, dissuade visitors to the ancient ruins at the Angkor Archeological Park from talking loudly, dressing inappropriately and smoking.

In addition, visitors are warned against giving money to begging children, which the Apsara Authority says “encourages them not to attend school, but to beg.”

“Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places,” and “respectful dress” is expected at all times.

Visitors are told they must also refrain from touching the ancient structures, some of which bear elaborate base reliefs depicting various scenes.

The release of the new guide Sunday comes after a series of incidents in which foreign tourists have their pictures taken at the Angkorian temples while partially naked.

In February, two American sisters and three French tourists were separately tried, convicted and deported after being caught by temple guards while having their pictures taken with bare buttocks at the sacred sites.

Last week, three more people – a Dutch woman and two men from Argentina and Italy -- were also deported after the woman photographed the men baring their bottoms at the Ta Prohm temple in the complex.

On Monday, The Cambodia Daily quoted Apsara Authority spokeswoman Chau Sun Kerya as saying the new plan “will prevent naked tourists, as occurred previously,” adding that those who have been caught in a state of undress “are only European.”

The rules will be translated into several languages, disseminated around hotels and guesthouses and also posted at the entrances to temples.

Last Mod: 18 Mayıs 2015, 14:25
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