The increased number of tourists visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the World's largest religious building, has led to a 33% increase in ticket sales. According to results published by Aspara Authority, who manage the iconic temple, ticket sales for the first six months of the year have led to revenues reaching US$20 million- up from US$15 million comparatively taken last year.
Aspara Authority attribute the rise to increased interest from neighbouring Asian tourists and sustained numbers of visitors from Europe and North America. Tourists from Vietnam, China and South Korea now see Cambodia as a stable holiday destination, and charter flights to nearby Siem Reap have catered for this increasing demand.
Built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is the finest example of classical Khmer architecture. However, today conservation work shrouds the ornate buildings and continual restoration work, funded through International charity, is badly needed to protect it from natural erosion and rock deterioration.
Ticket prices to visit the site range from US$20 to US$60 depending on the length of stay.