A mega cultural park inaugurates Preah Vihear

A mega cultural preservation park will be built on more than 200 hectares of land in Preah Vihear province to attract tourists and as a conservation and study area for Khmer civilization.

“The construction of this mega cultural park began on Wednesday. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Hun Manet, and accompanied by other senior military and civilian officials,” Preah Vihear provincial spokesperson Hem Sokonpisey said.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Lieutenant General Manet, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, said: “This park is part of the border development project government aimed at protecting territorial integrity, fostering socio-economic development and fostering human settlements.

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The park, named Hun Manet Park O’Svay Prasat Preah Vihear, will be built in Thommath Cheat Provincial Village, Sra Em Commune, Choam Ksan District to promote tourism and preserve and maintain Cambodia’s biodiversity and cultural heritage, added Sokonpisey.

She didn’t have full details of the project, but the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said the park would be built on more than 200 hectares of land.

This mega park will include 177 hectares devoted to a nature preservation area, a sports area on 65 hectares, a community tourism center and a school on 6 hectares, a natural lake on 23.8 hectares and other centers, according to Ministry press release.

Tum Setha, a resident of Phnom Penh, said once the park is completed, it will help promote tourism in the province as there are currently not many tourist attractions in the area.

“The tourist spots I know are Preah Vihear temple and some natural tourist resorts including Phnom Tbeng Meanchey, so if there is a mega cultural park, it would promote tourism and attract study tour groups,” did he declare.

Ngeth Sovan, another local resident, said that compared to other tourist spots in Cambodia, the province only has the Preah Vihear Temple inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but Preah Vihear Province has few tourists.

“I have visited Siem Reap, Battambang, Preah Sihanouk and Preah Vihear, I personally think Preah Vihear is quieter than other places even during major holidays like Khmer New Year,” he said.

“In the future, if there is a large park, it can help promote the tourism sector of Preah Vihear,” he added.

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