Cambodia temples welcome over a million tourists

16th Jul 2013

Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples welcomed more than a million international visitors in the first half of 2013 to one of the world's most famous cultural sites.

Its 1,120,000 tourists from January to June represent a 6% increase on the same timespan last year, greeting visitors from all over the world, according to Siem Reap provincial tourism department.

The 12th century archaeological park is usually first on the "must-see" list of tourists on city breaks to Angkor.

Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992, it is Cambodia's biggest cultural tourism destination - situated around 315 kilometres (195.7 miles) north-west of the Phnom Penh capital.

Admission is 20 US dollars (£13.22) a day for a foreign tourist, 40 US dollars (£26.43) for a three-day visit and 60 US dollars (£39.65) for a week-long pass.

The destination attracted 2,060,000 foreign visitors last year, earning roughly 30 million US dollars (£19,840,000) from ticket sales, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Sok An said.

A striking feature of the site is the view it affords visitors of one of the world's most spectacular sunsets.

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