Foreign tourists to Cambodia's Angkor heritage site up 12 pct in Q1
Source: Xinhua
Time: 2014-Apr-24 14:56

PHNOM PENH, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple, a world heritage site, had attracted 778,740 foreign visitors in the first quarter of 2014, up 12 percent compared to the same period last year, official data showed Wednesday.


The top five countries visiting the site are South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Russia.


During the January-March period this year, the Angkor received some 156,300 South Koreans, up 10 percent; 101,130 Chinese, up 16 percent; 52,420 Vietnamese, up 14 percent; 49,400 Japanese, up 9 percent and 42,050 Russians, up 20 percent.


Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of tourism department in Siem Reap province, where the Angkor is located, attributed the continued growth to the site's world heritage status and the country's political stability and good security.


He said the number of Chinese tourists to the site is on a steady rise thanks to the two countries' friendly relationship, broader promotion of the Angkor to the world, and more direct flight connections between Cambodia and China.


Angkor archeological park, the kingdom's largest cultural tourism destination, is located about 315 km northwest of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.


An entrance fee to the site is 20 U. S. dollars a day for a foreign visitor, 40 U.S. dollars for a three-day visit and 60 U.S. dollars for a week-long visit.


The 12th century temple received about 2.23 million foreign tourists last year, up 8 percent year-on-year.

Editor:Xu Rui
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