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Apsara Authority looks to relocate Preah Pithu temple vendors

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The Apsara Authority says the vendors are causing disorder around the temple. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Apsara Authority has formed a committee tasked with relocating vendors and parking spaces around Preah Pithu temple in order to restore public order in the area.

The Apsara Authority on Friday held a meeting over the matter and formed the committee while discussing a solution to a growing number of vendors and visitors at the temple in Angkor Thom, northeast of the Bayon temple in front of Tep Pranam.

Sok Sangvar, deputy director-general of the Apsara Authority, yesterday said that a growing number of vendors and visitors, who park archaically, have led to public disorder around the temple.

“Vendors sell around the temple, making the temple lose its nice image,” Mr Sangvar said. “There are also a lot of bad smells coming from what vendors are selling. The sound of generators also affects tourists.”

Colonel Man Chhoeun, deputy director of the Heritage Protection Unit, yesterday said vendors have created disorder by peddling their goods around the temple.

“The sellers sell, but they don’t do it with order, causing the temple to lose its beauty,” Col Chhoeun said. “The team is ready to cooperate with all sides in order to prepare the relocation of vendors and cars.”

Mr Sangvar said the meeting to form the committee was recommended by the ICC-Angkor committee and the Korea International Cooperation Agency, which have been granted a project to restore Preah Pithu temple via the Korea Culture Heritage Fund.

Mr Sangvar added that the committee is having difficulty finding a new location for the parking spaces and vendors because the temple is surrounded by forests and stupas.

So Pheavy, a tourist from Phnom Penh, said that her family likes to visit Siem Reap for the majestic views of temples.

“But the vendors sell near the temples – and a lot of them are selling,” Ms Pheavy said. “It is difficult to visit and have a look around the temples.”

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