BANGKOK - Visitors to Cambodia’s sacred Angkor Wat will have to dress appropriately or face being denied entry to the famed tourist attraction.
From August 4, visitors will be required to wear trousers or skirts that extend below the knees and shirts that cover the shoulders, Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal told the Phnom Penh Post.
“We will not allow them to buy a temple pass if they wear revealing clothes,” the paper quoted him as saying.
“However, our officials will inform them what they should wear to be able to visit our ancient temples, so they can come back to buy a ticket later after they change their clothes.”
When visitors dress appropriately, it shows respect to Cambodia’s culture and the values of Cambodian women, he said.
The Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat is a World Heritage site. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia, with more than 2 million tourists visiting it a year.
The dress measure is part of a broader code of conduct implemented in response to foreigners snapping semi-nude photos at the ancient site and desecrating the temples, the Post said.
Local tour operators and travel agencies said they had no problem with the new regulation but urged the authority to give clear notice to visitors.
Covering 400 square kilometres, including a forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.