Angkor Wat Cracking Down on Misbehaving Tourists
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Cambodia’s Angkor Wat has introduced a new set of rules meant to help future visitors understand the code of conduct at the complex after a recent string of misbehaving tourists.
According to Natalie Paris of the Telegraph, Angkor Wat has dealt with several cases of nudity and streaking through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the complex of Hindu and Buddhist temples has now posted signs to issue warnings to tourists.
The new code of conduct is spelled out in four languages, and it talks about proper dress code, smoking bans and restricted areas. The signs claim that shorts and skirts above the knees, as well as shirts that show shoulders, are now prohibited.
The new rules also include a clear message about stealing or damaging property, photographing monks and several other guidelines. The sign claims damaging property or being nude in public are crimes punishable by law.
Cambodian monks, tour guides, local authorities and UNESCO representatives worked together for two years to develop the new rules and regulations.
The Aspara National Authority—the officials responsible for the temple complex—hopes that the new code of conduct at Angkor Wat will help travelers and locals alike enjoy the site without disrespecting the heritage and history of the landmark.
While officials at Angkor Wat are instituting a new set of rules, the complex is also adjusting its visiting hours. Starting on Jan. 1, the Khmer temple will open at 5:30 a.m. local time to accommodate those trying to witness the Cambodian sunrise.
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