Apsara Authority has temporarily prohibited visits to the third floor of the central tower at Bayon temple which will undergo repairs.
The authority announced yesterday that it decided to close the floor because the central tower of the temple is eroding and has sustained some damage due to its age and other factors.
“The International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor has recommended the closure of the third floor of the Bayon temple to allow experts to study the damage and identify at-risk areas which require repairs,” the announcement noted.
It said that to maintain and protect the temple as well as take care of the safety of national and international tourists, Apsara Authority has stopped visits to the floor from Wednesday onwards to allow the team of conservation professionals to carry out the task.
The main attraction, the lower part of the Bayon Temple, is still open for visits.
Long Kosal, a spokesman for Apsara Authority, yesterday said that the closure was temporary to allow for repairs.
“We do not know how long the repairs will take,” he noted. “We will reopen the floor to visitors when they are completed.”
Last year, Apsara Authority banned vehicles from entering the Taprohm temple through its east gate which is also undergoing repairs.
In an announcement, the authority stated that to improve its heritage and keep the temple safe, the authority will not allow vehicles to enter through the gate, except for ambulances, construction vehicles and those ferrying national and international delegations.
Mr Kosal confirmed yesterday that the authority will reopen the gate to all vehicles after the repairs are completed.