Angkor Wat Earning Goes Up Thanks to Higher Entrance Fees

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Cambodia’s Angkor world heritage site earned nearly US$40 million during the first quarter of 2018, as entrance fees more than doubled earlier this year. But visitors’ numbers are also growing up while a major exhibition about Angkor started on April 8 at Singapore Asian Civilisation Museum.

Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famous Angkor Archaeological Park reached US$39.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, up 28 percent from the same period last year.

The ancient site attracted 858,580 foreign tourists during the January-March period this year, up 12 percent over the same period last year, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise’s said on Sunday.

China remains the largest source of tourists to the historic site, followed by South Korea and the United States.

The current entrance fee to the park went up earlier this year. It now stands at US$37 for a one-day visit, at US$62 for a three-day pass, and US$ 72 dollars for a week-long pass.

In the year of 2017, the park received 2.45 million foreign tourists, earning 108 million U.S. dollars in revenue from ticket sales.

Located in northwest Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the Angkor Archaeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992, is the kingdom’s most popular tourist destination.

In another development, Angkor Wat is likely to receive more interest from Southeast Asia as a giant exhibition just opened on Sunday at Singapore Asian Civilisation Museum. The exhibition is titled “Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City” and contains mostly artefacts from Paris Museum Guimet which never travelled to Southeast Asia with many unique and rare pieces. It will be on display until July 22 at the Museum.

To accompany the exhibition, ACM has scheduled an array of programmes and talks related to Angkor and contemporary Cambodian culture, including the Angkor Encore Festival (25–27 May) which will highlight Cambodian performing arts.