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Published on : Tuesday, May 3, 2016
In order to ensure public order and safety for tourists in the complex of the famed Angkor Wat temple, traffic on a road in front of the ancient site has now been prohibited, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday.
“From now on, only pedestrians and cyclists, or emergency cases, fire-fighting trucks and ambulances, are allowed to travel straight forwards on the road in front of the Angkor Wat temple,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“This is to ease traffic congestion, maintain public order, ensure safety for tourists, and improve the beauty of the Angkor Wat temple’s front complex.”
Located in northwest Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the Angkor Wat temple, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992, is the kingdom’s most popular tourist destination.
Long Kosal, deputy chief of the communications department of the Apsara Authority, which manages the site, said about 300 meters of the road in front of the Angkor Wat temple was blocked.
The ancient site attracted some 2.1 million foreign tourists in 2015, earning total revenue of 60 million U.S. dollars from ticket sales, according to government’s figures.