Conservation Experts Fear That a New Amusement Park in Cambodia Could Endanger the Ancient Temple of Angkor Wat

The planned theme park and resort could threaten the world's largest religious monument.

Plans to build a new amusement park and resort near Cambodia’s most famous historic site, the Angkor Archaeological Park, have worried conservation experts.

In November, the Cambodian government granted NagaCorp, a Hong Kong-based company that runs the NagaWorld hotel and casino in Phnom Penh, a 50-year lease on a nearby tract of land in November. The planned Angkor Lake of Wonder resort will be located less than 1,650 feet outside of Angkor’s protected zone, which was delineated in 1994, reports the Art Newspaper.

The 12th-century temple complex of Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument. The archaeological park is home to numerous ancient temples built by the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th centuries. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992.

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