Authorities in Siem Reap city banned people from illegally selling from the Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom temple area after people populated the area without permission from authorities.
Sou Platong, governor of Siem Reap city, said that during Khmer New Year, nearly 100 people came to sell clothes and souvenirs around the Royal Residence, Royal Gardens and the popular Buddhist temple – an area frequently visited by tourists.
He added the vendors did not move after Khmer New Year and continued selling in those areas, affecting public order and beauty in the tourist city.
Mr Platong said authorities informed the vendors that they needed to move but they did not agree so they were forced out on Wednesday.
“The authority bans any selling around Buddhist areas that tourist always come to visit and pray. But they came to sell illegally and create a bad environment there,” he said.
Mr Platong said that the operation went smoothly and there was no negative reaction from the vendors, who understood and agreed to move.
“There was no violence. The sellers agreed to move and agreed not to come back again to sell there,” he said.
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