The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has rejected a development project entitled “Angkor Lake of Wonder” proposed by Naga Group, the owner of NagaWorld in Phnom Penh.
“After having carefully considered the proposal and taking into account comments given during the ICC’s 27th Plenary Session as well as in two other subsequent special sessions held on Feb. 22 and Mar. 4, 2021, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts wishes to state that it shares the views of the ICC-Angkor and its ad-hoc experts that the proposed ‘Angkor Lake of Wonder’ project put forward by the Naga Group cannot be implemented in this context,” said the ministry in its press release issued yesterday evening.
According to the press release, the project was proposed for consideration during the 27th Plenary Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) on Jan. 27, 2021.
Through the ICC-Angkor, as a State Party to the 1972 Convention, the Royal Government of Cambodia under the leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has been highly effective in fostering and maintaining excellent cooperation among the concerned parties working in partnership with the APSARA Authority in implementing preservation and maintaining the balance between conservation and development in Angkor, a world cultural property of humanity, said the source, stressing “The ICC-Angkor has been recommended as a model for other World Heritage sites of such complexity and significance.”
“Angkor Lake of Wonder” is a US$350 million non-gaming resort in Siem Reap province, on an area of 75 hectares near the Angkor Archeological Park. The project includes high-end hotels, a water theme park, indoor hi-tech theme park, a canal, water cruise attractions, MICE facilities, and so on.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press