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Cambodian Apsara Authority orders S. Korean golf course halted
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12:21, July 26, 2007

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The Apsara Authority in Siem Reap province of Cambodia has ordered a South Korean company to stop constructing a golf course, alleging that it was being built illegally inside the Angkor Archaeological Park, local media reported Thursday.

An unidentified South Korean company recently began building a golf course on land near the Western Baray, a large reservoir located west of the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temples that is considered an integral part of the temple complex, the Cambodia Daily newspaper quoted Apsara Deputy Director Dom Hak as saying.

"I found there are some buildings and a site for a golf course being built inside the land of the Apsara Authority near the Baray Region. They built with no permission from Apsara at all," Dom Hak said.

It is illegal to build such a site in this area, he said, adding that he ordered the project to be scrapped earlier this month.

However, several other officials familiar with the Angkor area said they had no knowledge of any such golf course being built inside the park's protected area, the newspaper said.

Siem Reap's Deputy Provincial Governor Ung Oeun said that he had no information about a South Korean company building a golf course inside Angkor's protected area, it said.

Apsara is the government agency tasked with managing the Angkor park.

Source: Xinhua

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