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When Tourism Becomes a Threat

As Globalization grows with optimistic numbers in every human sector – from technologies to communication and from economic [including the crisis] to the disappearance of geographical borders -, tourism is becoming also more and more global. It is easier in our time to plan the next holidays at the other side of the planet, as it was planning the same some decades ago to the other site of the county. Plane tickets’ cost have gone down as much as high technologies and the frontiers of our tiny planet came to be at the walking distance. In 2014 only 1.1 billion persons traveled around the world, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, with an increase of 4.5% over the previous year and it is estimated another jump of 4% in 2015. We are talking of numbers during an economic crisis period, so numbers will be much bigger in ‘better times’. Read More…

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Strain truck tries to cross Angkor Thom ancient door

  • Strain post by Suvarnabhumi shows a truck trying to cross one ancient gate of Angkor Thom.
  • There is not report of any accident or traffic event inside the archaeological site that would need the firefighters. 

A strain post by Suvarnabhumi Facebook page shows what it seems to be a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient doors of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap Province. I have sent a message to Suvarnabhumi about the event. The truck seems plugged right in the gate:

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These two photos show what it seems a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient gate of Angkor Thom, in one of the Cambodian national treasures. The Khmer sentence says: “Who in Siem Reap can say something about why this truck crossing the gate of the temple? What is the problem?

Angkor Thom, a huge ancient city from the 12th century, has 4 main gates at the end of the causeway that extend 50 meters across the mouth. It is one of the Cambodian UNESCO’s World Heritage. Suvarnabhumi seems to request more information about this strain event. How is it possible that Apsara Authority allows a truck to comes inside the archaeological site this way? If there was not another way to attend an emergency – which kind of emergency inside the temples? – it would mean also that there is not a safety project at the place. It is to me more disturbing than foreigners making naked selfish in the temples. We are looking for more information about it. If you know something, please let us know.

If Inanna talks to you

 "After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues... so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles" - Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.


“After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues… so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles” – Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.

After reading about a tourist woman breaking a Buddha’s statue at the Bayon because goddess Inanna told her “to clean up the temple because there was too much rubbish, from the monks and other people” (see Daily Mail) I went to look for who was this Inanna. It could be possible that an ancient mystery of the Angkorian temples came to be revealed to a Dutch woman after a crazy night at the Pub Street? – in looking the true any hypothesis must be reviewed. Well, this Inanna is not a Khmer goddess and not even an Indian or Chinese, but Sumerian: the goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Her temple was in Eanna, an ancient city of Sumer and now located in what it is southeast Iraq, thousand of kilometers far from Siem Reap. So then, it was Willemijn Vermaat, 40, who was in the wrong place – not the Buddha’s statue. She must go to Iraq and try to break any national monument there. But I don’t think that Vermaat was the only person in the wrong place: Apsara Authority was much more in the wrong place: How is it possible that a woman breaks an archeological treasure in their nose? Where they were? Why so much daily incomes are not used to establish video cameras?

CNN International, Angkor Wat is in Cambodia… Oups!

CNN International

The joke of this weekend: CNN International wrote in its Facebook pageThailand’s Angkor Wat is only no. 6 – so what’s the world’s top landmark?” – Oups! The statement attracted the Royal Ministry of Tourism that learned them that Angkor Wat is in Cambodia:

Professional Media must pay attention. Sometime your word could kill thousands of people or the peace. CNN must know about this. In this case CNN should train staffs or recruit professional staffs to handle this work. We strongly hope CNN won create this mistake again (Cambodia Tourism Mag Ctm)

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