Too many tourists are watching the sunset at Angkor Wat

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The number of tourists watching sunset at the famous Angkor temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has been limited because they form a threat to the ruins.

Three million tourists a year visit the temple complex

More and more tourists

According to The Telegraph, the president of Apsara’s Tourism Management Agency has been quoted saying that a maximum of 300 visitors will be allowed at the hilltop of Phnom Bakheng. More and more tourists have been coming to the site in the last decade. Between 1993 and 2013, the number of tourists visiting the site grew from 10,000 a year to three million a year.

Ticket price almost doubled

In February the ticket prices to see Angkor Wat almost doubled from US$20 to $37, it’s the first price increase in 25 years. The increase has to do with the revenue from tourists in Cambodia. International tourist numbers passed the five million mark in 2016. Despite this, revenue from tourism had dropped from the 2015 figures a report of Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism reveals. Other tourist attractions, like the royal palace, raised their entrance fees.

Angkor Wat at sunrise is just as beautiful

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world and is the primary reason that more than 50% of international tourists visit Cambodia each year.

 

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