Cambodia imposes new rules on Angkor photos

Commercial photographers will now be escorted around Angkor's temples (photo by Tupungato)
Commercial photographers will now be escorted around Angkor’s temples (photo by Tupungato)

Visitors to Cambodia’s Angkor temples will now have to take extra care before taking photographs, after the site’s management imposed new rules on commercial snaps.

The Cambodia Daily reports that, effective this week, anyone planning to take photos for commercial purposes inside the park, including journalists and tourists planning to sell their holiday snaps, must fill out an application form in advance. The ruling also applies to travel companies wanting to use the photos in their brochures.

“The Apsara Authority bans national and international journalists and private companies from taking photos inside the Angkor site because we are upset that they have used their photos for business,” Long Kosal, Apsara Authority’s communications director was quoted saying.

“Under the new rules, journalists and companies can apply for permission if they want to take photos inside the Angkor site and we will accompany those people.

“We want to protect the heritage site, because some people have taken pictures and used them for films and books and leaflets that very badly affect the Angkor site,” he added.

The Angkor temples, which feature on the Cambodian flag, are a source of immense national pride for Cambodia.

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