Published on : Thursday, April 6, 2017
Japanese tourists are flocking in huge numbers to the ancient cliff-top temple which the Cambodians and Thai people fought for more than a century. Visitors from Japan are the largest number of overseas visitors at the site, as per the latest statistics. According to Cambodia’s state-run Preah Vihear Authority, out of the 23,823 foreign tourists who visited the UNESCO World Heritage site last year, 8,306 were Japanese.
To note, the figure is more than twice the figure for Chinese who occupies the second place with 3,563 visitors annually followed by French (2,658) and Thai (775) respectively.
However, Japanese ranked seventh with 191,577 out of around 5 million in the number of international visits to Cambodia in 2016. Sathol Miura, president of APEX Travel Agency which provides services tailored to Japanese tourists, described the current scenario on temple’s popularity as a tendency to “want to go and see something which is new to them.”
Kim Sedara, president of Preah Vihear Authority, explained that Japanese tourists are keener on exploring various natural and historic places that nurture their sense of adventure. “Thus, Preah Vihear is fit to get their interest as it combines these sorts of things.” He requested more foreign tourists to visit the “very peaceful and unique temple built on a beautiful mountain,” which is a “very natural and sacred site just like a paradise.”