The Cambodian heritage site of Angkor, which encompasses the sprawling ancient temple complex of Angor Wat as well as the surrounding landscape, could be threatened by the forthcoming construction of a vast resort and theme park, much to the alarm of Unesco.
Hong Kong-based company NagaCorp announced in November that the Cambodian government had granted its subsidiary a 50-year-long, renewable lease to develop 75 hectares of land located around 500 metres south of the protected zone of Angkor.
Pitched as Angkor Lake of Wonder, the development will include hotels, a water park, conference halls, pubs and other tourist facilities. The initial phase should be completed by 2025 and cost around $350 million. NagaCorp also plans to organise “Cambodia country tours” linking Angkor to its casino-hotel, NagaWorld, in the capital, Phnom Penh.