Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct Officially Launched

AKP Phnom Penh, December 06, 2015 –

The Angkor Code of Conduct was officially launched in Siem Reap province on Dec. 6 under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An.

Addressing to event, H.E. Sok An, also President of the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA), highly appreciated the efforts in elaborating this key document aiming at giving information and primary advises to tourists on what to do and not to do while visiting the Historic Site of Angkor, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

“I believe that the Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct will become an important basic instrument to facilitate tourist management, raise awareness on heritage value, give information and advises to the tourists before and while visiting Angkor which will provide them with better visit experience and contribute to reducing negative impacts from tourism in the Angkor area,” he underlined.

H.E. Sok An thus called for the wide dissemination and effective implementation of the Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct in order to defend the national identity, culture, religion and temples.

The Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct has been developed in cooperation with local communities, visitors, tour guides and restoration teams.

According to the document, touching carvings, sitting on fragile structures, leaning on temple structures, moving archaeological artifacts and graffiti as well as climbing on loose stones, wearing revealing clothes, smoking, and making loud noise are prohibited.

Any act of looting, breaking or damaging Angkor, or exposing sex organs and nudity in public area is a crime punishable by law.