Two women from Arizona were convicted, sentenced, fined and deported from Cambodia after taking naked photos of their backsides in an ancient Siem Reap temple.
The Siem Reap provincial court said the sisters were each given a suspended term of six months in jail and fined 1 million riel ($315) for taking nude photos at Preah Khan temple inside the Angkor archaeological park.
They will not be allowed to return to Cambodia for four years.
This is, apparently, becoming a thing.
It is the second incident in less than 10 days, after the authority arrested three French male tourists for taking nude photos at another temple complex of Banteay Kdey.
You’re not even supposed to ascend to the top level of Angkor Wat if you aren’t properly covered, so even shorts aren’t fully appropriate.
Oddly, though, in a nod towards modernity the locals refer to the Ta Prohm temple as “Angelina Jolie temple” because of its prominence in the film Tomb Raider.
Entrance to Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom. Please Don’t Show Your Willy Here.
Angelina Jolie Temple
The two Arizona women confessed. Contra the article above though my currency conversion tells me their fine was ~ US$246. They were apparently let off easy because ‘they may not have realized it was a holy site.’