Angkor gets half a million tourists in two months

Phnom Penh, March 4 (IANS) Cambodia’s famed Angkor archaeological park welcomed 493,854 foreign visitors in the first two months of 2016, up 7.6 percent compared to the same period of last year, according to an official statement on Friday.

During the January-February period, the country earned about $14.3 million from ticket sales to foreign tourists visiting the world heritage site, which was originally built as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The revenue was up 2.2 percent compared to the same period in the year before, Xinhua reported.

Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth on Tuesday said the government was considering to increase ticket prices for foreign tourists to the site in the near future.

Entrance fee to the site for a foreigner is $20 per day, $40 for a three-day visit and $60 for a week-long visit.

Angkor Wat Temple, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992, is the kingdom’s most popular tourist destination.

Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple but it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist shrine in the 12th century. The Archaeological Society of India has contributed to its upkeep.

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