Here’s why you ought to be on your best behavior when visiting Siem Reap’s fabled temple complex
The next time you visit Angkor Wat, remember to be on your best behavior. The recently released Angkor Code of Conduct issues points for visitors on the proper etiquette to observe at the historical park. According to the document, visitors must not touch carvings, sit on fragile structures, recline or lean on the temple and its structures, move archaeological relics or scribble graffiti. Climbing on loose stones, wearing skimpy clothing, smoking and making loud noises are also prohibited. What’s more, in the age of posting risqué photos on social media, the code makes another thing clear: “Any act of looting, breaking or damaging Angkor, or exposure of the genitals and nudity in public areas, is a crime punishable under the law.”
Sok An, the Deputy Prime Minister and president of Apsara, the government body that manages the 40,000ha park, said the Code of Conduct is essential for ensuring that tourists behave properly so as to protect it from negative impact. The new code will also defend the national identity, culture, religion and temples of Angkor.
For a video explaining the new Code of Conduct, click here.
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This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Smile magazine.