Food vendors cleared from Angkor Wat lawns

Source: Khmer Times

The Apsara Authority said the practice of allowing customers to eat on the lawns in front of Angkor Wat was creating disorder. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Apsara Authority has banned food vendors from setting up places for guests to eat on the grass in front of Angkor Wat, citing disorder created by the new practice.

Apsara Authority officials spoke with vendors located within 20 metres of the moat in front of the temple late last month, instructing them not to set up mattresses and hammocks on the lawns.

On September 25, Apsara Authority officials made vendors in the area sign contracts to end the practice.

“Officials went down to educate the food sellers to stop using the lawns along the water moat as a place for customers to eat because it was polluting the environment,” an Apsara Authority report said.

Local resident Sok Saravuth, 28, said yesterday that he used to sit and eat food and drink beer with his friends on the grass in front of the temple, without considering the effect it was having on the surrounding area.

“I agree with Apsara Authority officials who banned selling and eating food on the grass in front of the temple,” he said. “It allows the landscape to remain attractive.”

Mr Saravuth said in retrospect, he feels ashamed of eating there, because he’s since seen pictures of rubbish strewn across the lawns in front of the temple.

“I feel ashamed. I do not know why I did not pay attention to these bad effects when I was eating there,” he said.

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