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Cambodia says visitors to Angkor temples must dress properly

Beginning August 4, local and foreign tourists will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and shirts that cover their shoulders.

By: AP | Phnom Penh | Updated: July 7, 2016 4:23:00 pm
Angkor temple, Cambodia, Angkor temple Cambodia, Cambodia Angkor, Angkor Cambodia, Angkor tempple dress code, Angkor dress code, Cambodia Angkor dress code, news, Cambodia news, world news, latest news, international news, Angkor Cambodia tourism, Angkor temple tourists, Cambodia tourism, Angkor tourist dress code, Angkor dress code tourists, Angkor naked pictures, nkaed, naked pictures, naked tourists Angkor, naked tourists Cambodia, Cambodia temple dress code, Cambodia temple tourists Early last year there was a small spate of Western tourists who posed naked for snapshots. Beginning August 4, tourists will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and shirts that cover their shoulders. (AP Photo/Anat Givon, File)

Visitors who dress immodestly will not be allowed to enter Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex, the agency that oversees the site said on Thursday.

Long Kosal, a spokesman for Apsara Authority, which oversees the archaeological complex, said that beginning August 4, local and foreign tourists will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and shirts that cover their shoulders.

Those not dressed appropriately will be required to change their clothes before being allowed to enter the temple site in northwestern Cambodia.

Long Kosal said the ban was implemented because “Wearing revealing clothes disrespects the temple’s sanctity.”

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He said that his organization had advised tour agencies, hotels and airport officials last December that all foreign visitors should be aware of what type of clothes they should wear when they visit.

Illustrations of what is considered inappropriate clothing and behavior are being posted on the organization’s website, an English version of which is still under construction.

Angkor Wat, the spiritual center of the Khmer empire that dominated the region from the 9th to 15th centuries, is Cambodia’s biggest tourist attraction, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of national pride that is emblazoned on the Cambodian flag.

About 2.1 million foreign tourists visited last year.

Immodest dress is not the worst breach of modesty the temples have suffered. Early last year there was a small spate of Western tourists who posed naked for snapshots, and those who were caught were fined and deported.

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