Cambodian Senior Official Confirms the Request to Register 3 Cities as World Heritage Cities

AKP Phnom Penh, Cambodia is planning to request UNESCO to list Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot cities as World Heritage Cities, reaffirmed H.E. Tith Chantha, Secretary of State for Tourism of Cambodia while chairing the ACD Senior Officials’ Meeting (ACD SOM) in Siem Reap province on June 11.

The purpose of the request is to attract more and more tourists to the three key cities and boost for the preservation of the heritage resources in those cities, he said.

While presiding over the official opening ceremony of the 2nd ACD Tourism Ministers Meeting and the 1st UNESCO/UNWTO International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap province this morning, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen expressed his appreciation to all the preservation projects, but called on the experts to pay attention to the balance between development and conservation.

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.

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 Teuk 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

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