The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will submit a request to UNESCO to list three cities as World Heritage Cities, after Siem Reap city.
This information was made known here yesterday in an inter-ministerial meeting held under the presidency of H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, said the ministry's news release.
The request for the registration of Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot cities will be submitted in mid-2017 while Cambodia hosts the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap, from June 10 to 15, it added.
H.E. Tith Chantha, Secretary of State for Tourism, explained that the three cities have considerable colonial architecture heritage, a high potential to attract tourists, which needs necessary preservation. The three cities are considered as the secondary tourist destination in Cambodia, after Siem Reap city, home to the Angkor World Heritage Site, he underlined.
Kratie city is located on the east bank of the Mekong River. It is an attractive destination and offers an authentic rural ambience. It is a nice relief from some of the country's more trafficked areas.
Situated in the southwestern part of the country, Kampot city is more than just a sleepy riverside town. It offers a plentiful historical and natural wonders to discover, and serves as a common gateway to Bokor National Park, the beaches of Kep, the beautiful rapids of Tek Chhou and other attractions in southwestern Cambodia.
Battambang city sits on the Sangker River just southwest of the Tonle Sap Lake. It is the heart of Cambodia's 'rice bowl', and it maintains an untouched, bucolic feel. The streets there are filled with remarkably well-preserved French colonial buildings alongside traditional Cambodian houses. The nearby countryside harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press