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Sharp increase in visitors at Sambor Prei Kuk

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Sambor Prei Kuk is a Unesco-listed world heritage site in Kampong Thom province. AKP

Sambor Prei Kuk, a world heritage site in Kampong Thom province, saw a 67 percent hike in international visitors and a tenfold increase in local visitors in the first half of 2018.

The temples received nearly 12,300 international tourists and 111,500 locals, according to Phan Nady, director of the General Department of the National Authority at Sambor Prei Kuk.

The increase in the number of tourists is boosting business activity around the temples, he said.

“It has increase souvenir sales and encouraged people to open restaurants around the area. Before these operators were farming,” he said.

The cost of a ticket to enter the complex rose to $10 last month, up from $3.

“Prior to raising the price, we carried out surveys and found that tourists had no problem with the price hike,” he said, adding that authorities are now planning to improve the infrastructure around the temple to attract more tourists.

Official figures show that 3,000 to 4,000 foreign tourists visited the complex every month on average last year, which amounts to 100 to 200 visitors a day.

Sambor Prei Kuk consists of 290 historical sites and locations and dates back to the late sixth and early seventh centuries.

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