Massive theme park planned at ancient Angkor Wat temples

Not everybody warms up to the idea of a huge theme park close to the ancient Angkor Wat temples

NagaCorp, Cambodia’s largest casino operator, has announced plans to construct a 75-hectare theme park just 500 meters from Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, receiving mixed reactions to the plan.

NagaCorp’s new “Angkor Lake of Wonder” theme park and resort will be built on the south side of the Angkor Archaeological Park protected area, according to local media. The investment is said to be $350 million.

The company compared the project to Disneyland, though it will be twice the size, and says the “comprehensive non-gaming integrated world-class resort” will not include any casinos. The development would be the only NagaCorp project that does not include gambling facilities.

The first phase of the development will reportedly include a water park, two five-star hotels, a “Chinatown,” a “high-tech theme park,” a canal and a “food street”. The company’s announcement says the plans are “based on the concept of generating as much fun and play as possible” and that the resort will “become the essence of Cambodia.”

The project will be designed by US architectural firms Steelman Partners and Gensler, NagaCorp said.

Locals criticise them park plans

However, the plan has drawn criticism and open condemnation from residents and civil society groups who say it will jeopardise the local culture and the UNESCO World Heritage site as a whole.

Some said that it would be better to develop and preserve the Angkor area as a tourist site, not as an entertainment zone which would damage the identity of Angkor Wat and be a concern for the communities in and around Siem Reap.

Local tourism operators, on the other hand, listened up to the idea, but would welcome a theme park only “if its properly done.”

NagaCorp will pay no rent on the land for the first seven to ten years and then pay $450,000 per year for the duration of its 50-year lease.

The developers also say the Angkor Lake of Wonder theme park will be linked to Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld via water plane flights from Tonle Sap lake, just south of Siem Reap, to the Mekong River near Phnom Penh.



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Not everybody warms up to the idea of a huge theme park close to the ancient Angkor Wat temples NagaCorp, Cambodia’s largest casino operator, has announced plans to construct a 75-hectare theme park just 500 meters from Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, receiving mixed reactions to the plan. NagaCorp’s new “Angkor Lake of Wonder” theme park and resort will be built on the south side of the Angkor Archaeological Park protected area, according to local media. The investment is said to be $350 million. The company compared the project to Disneyland, though it will...

Not everybody warms up to the idea of a huge theme park close to the ancient Angkor Wat temples

NagaCorp, Cambodia’s largest casino operator, has announced plans to construct a 75-hectare theme park just 500 meters from Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, receiving mixed reactions to the plan.

NagaCorp’s new “Angkor Lake of Wonder” theme park and resort will be built on the south side of the Angkor Archaeological Park protected area, according to local media. The investment is said to be $350 million.

The company compared the project to Disneyland, though it will be twice the size, and says the “comprehensive non-gaming integrated world-class resort” will not include any casinos. The development would be the only NagaCorp project that does not include gambling facilities.

The first phase of the development will reportedly include a water park, two five-star hotels, a “Chinatown,” a “high-tech theme park,” a canal and a “food street”. The company’s announcement says the plans are “based on the concept of generating as much fun and play as possible” and that the resort will “become the essence of Cambodia.”

The project will be designed by US architectural firms Steelman Partners and Gensler, NagaCorp said.

Locals criticise them park plans

However, the plan has drawn criticism and open condemnation from residents and civil society groups who say it will jeopardise the local culture and the UNESCO World Heritage site as a whole.

Some said that it would be better to develop and preserve the Angkor area as a tourist site, not as an entertainment zone which would damage the identity of Angkor Wat and be a concern for the communities in and around Siem Reap.

Local tourism operators, on the other hand, listened up to the idea, but would welcome a theme park only “if its properly done.”

NagaCorp will pay no rent on the land for the first seven to ten years and then pay $450,000 per year for the duration of its 50-year lease.

The developers also say the Angkor Lake of Wonder theme park will be linked to Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld via water plane flights from Tonle Sap lake, just south of Siem Reap, to the Mekong River near Phnom Penh.



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