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Illegal Construction Rampant in Angkor Heritage Site

In the months leading up to Cambodia’s national election on July 28, authorities in the Angkor Archaeological Park allowed dozens of land owners to build new houses and develop plots of land inside highly protected areas of the world heritage site. Villagers interviewed last week said ...

Phorn Bopha and Simon Marks
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/illegal-construction-rampant-in-angkor-heritage-site-42860/

Siem Reap’s Secret Multimillion Dollar Land Swap

Inside the grounds of this city’s old provincial hall, past a green corrugated iron fence, municipal street cleaners and their families are squatting in what was once a bustling government office filled with civil servants. Across the road, the former department of rural development is a ...

Phorn Bopha and Simon Marks
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/selected-features/siem-reaps-secret-multimillion-dollar-land-swap-42375/

Apsara Authority Moves to Offices Far From Siem Reap City

Apsara Authority officials on Tuesday began moving to their new offices far outside of Siem Reap onto land within the Angkor Archaeological Park as part of a swap with the city’s provincial government, officials said. The move comes after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered Siem Reap’s ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/apsara-authority-moves-to-offices-far-from-siem-reap-city-42132/

Contractor Says Senior Official Approved Siem Reap Land Swap

The head of a construction firm that was involved in a massive land swap with Siem Reap’s provincial government in 2010 defended the deal on Friday saying orders for the move of government offices and civil servants—which is now being reversed—came directly from the national ...

Dene-Hern Chen and Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/contractor-says-senior-official-approved-siem-reap-land-swap-41909/

Google to map streets of capital, Angkor Wat

People around the world will soon be able to go online and view close-up pictures of Phnom Penh’s streets and the temples of Angkor Wat, Google representatives announced in Phnom Penh. Google Street View is using cars with special 360-degree panoramic cameras to collect the imagery. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/google-map-streets-capital-angkor-wat

Angkor Wat revenue at $51 million for last year

Revenue from foreign tourists buying passes to see temples in Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat complex amounted to about $51 million last year, according to a Post calculation of data that was released Friday in a letter by the Apsara Authority, which manages the site. [Bun] Narith ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/angkor-wat-revenue-51-million-last-year

Siem Reap Market Fire Kills 8

Eight people, four of them children, were killed when fire ripped through Siem Reap City’s popular night market in the early hours of Saturday morning, officials and witnesses said. The fire, which stared at about 2 a.m., left the market completely gutted and damage estimated at ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/siem-reap-market-fire-kills-8-6531/

Angkor Wat site in danger: Deputy PM

In a rare acknowledgement of deforestation concerns, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the National Commission for UNESCO, said the widespread clearing of forests around Angkor Wat was harming views of the historic temple complex. Sok An made the remarks in Siem Reap at a ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012120760153/National-news/temple-site-in-danger-dpm.html

Japan to Study Angkor Wat Park Environment

The Apsara Authority on Wednesday signed an agreement with the Japan Development Institute and two Japanese environmental management companies that will allow them to conduct a feasibility study into the natural environment and pollution in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Yuki Edano, Japan’s minister of economy, trade and industry, and Commerce ...

Study of Angkor impact to be done

Apsara Authority on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three Japanese companies to conduct a feasibility study to solve various environmental problems in the Angkor area. The MoU was signed between Bun Narith, director general of Apsara Authority, Shoichi Kobayashi, chairman of the Japan ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083158397/Business/study-of-angkor-impact-to-be-done.html

Angkor corruption alleged

An anonymous group on Saturday filed a corruption complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit against senator Sok Kong’s Sokimex company’s management of the Angkor Wat temple complex. The complaint, dated March 10, alleges Sokimex has siphoned the majority of funds recouped from tourist entrance fees to the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012031254983/National-news/angkor-corruption-alleged.html

Visitors to Angkor Up 25 Percent in First Six Months

The number of visitors to Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaelogical Park in the first six months of the year increased about 25 percent over the same period last year, according to figures released yesterday by the Apsara Authority, which runs the site. According to the figures, ...

Interest up at Angkor Wat

Increased interest by Asian tourists has led to about 33 percent growth for Angkor Wat ticket sales so far this year, according to the Apsara Authority. Revenues during the first six months hit US$20 million, compared with about $15 million in the period last year, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011080450870/Business/interest-up-at-angkor-wat.html

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