Cambodia’s Angkor Wat earns over $20 mn in Q1

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Phnom Penh, April 1 (IANS) Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple, which was originally built as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu, earned $20.3 million in revenue from ticket sales to foreign tourists in the first quarter of 2016.

The revenue was up 2.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015, Xinhua cited an official statement as saying on Friday.

The ancient site received 701,358 foreigners during the January-March period this year, up 1.8 percent compared to the same period in 2015, said the statement from the state-owned Angkor Enterprise, which is in charge of ticket sales at the park.

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

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

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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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