Angkor Butterfly Centre Opens October 3

Angkor Butterfly Centre

Angkor Butterfly Centre

Siem Riep is about to become another non-temple attraction richer with this weekend’s opening of the Angkor Butterfly Centre. As reported in the Phnom Penh Post:

“It’s been 18 months in the making, and has been established by an NGO, Angkor Participatory Development Organisation to raise revenue, to encourage the conservation of indigenous butterflies, and to foster the protection of the natural environment. More than 30 species of local butterflies are on display, and the largest inhabitant at the centre is the world’s largest moth, an orange-coloured beastie that has a wing span of 26 centimetres. The centre also displays the complete life cycle of a butterfly from egg, to caterpillar, to pupae to winged glory, and visitors are promised “the discovery of the miracle of insect life.”

And from the Centre’s website:

“The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with hundreds of free-flying butterflies, all of which are native species to Cambodia. The enclosure is South East Asia’s largest butterfly exhibit and provides residents and tourists with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies. At ABC it is possible to experience butterflies feeding and flying very close at hand and to witness the complete life cycle of many species. The butterflies (in pupae form) are farmed sustainably by people from villages in the Siem Reap Province. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will greet you on your arrival and will explain the background to the project and about butterfly life-cycle and ecology”

The Angkor Butterfly Centre is 25 km outside of Siem Reap on the way to Banteay Srei and claims to be the largest butterfly attraction in Southeast Asia. Its location makes for a perfect and varied day of touring combining Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, The Landmine Museum and the Angkor Butterfly Centre. The Centre is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. I’ll check it out on my upcoming visit and let you know how it was.

(Thinking of visiting the temples of Angkor Wat? Don’t forget to check out Savuth’s tuk tuk services!)

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~ by Leonard on October 1, 2009.

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