Towns set for Unesco’s Creative City Network

UNESCO representatives on Friday met with Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, marking the next step in the Kingdom’s efforts to add Battambang, Kampot and Kratie towns to the Creative City Network.

Unesco representative to Cambodia Sardar Umar Alam led the delegation and discussed strengthening collaboration in cultural tourism, ecotourism, urban tourism and food tourism with the ministry.

Ministry spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on Monday that Battambang town consists of more than 800 historic Khmer and colonial-era buildings, which makes it suitable for Unesco’s Creative City status.

Kampot town consists of more than 300 of them, he said, adding that there are fewer in Kratie town. The three towns are also first-rate alternative tourist destinations to the more famous Angkor Archaeological Park.

“The Battambang Provincial Hall is a historic relic left to us from the French era,” he said.

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