SIEM REAP, 9 November 2015: Angkor Wat will open for tourists two and a half hours earlier .effective 1 January next year, to give tourists more time to explore the ruins and also reduce peak hour congestion.
Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA) spokesperson, Long Kosal, told Khmer Times the move is intended to draw more tourists to the heritage site and allow them to spend more time at the temples.
It will also give tourists an opportunity to admire the ruins at sunrise and take advantage of the early morning light to take photographs.
Angkor Wat and Srah Srang will open for tourists from 0500 until 1730 daily, and Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rub temples from 0500 until 1900. The rest of the tourist sites will be open as usual from 0730 to 1730.
During January to October this year, 1.67 million international tourists visited Angkor temples, a 2% increase compared to the same period last year. Longer opening hours could also reduce traffic through the historical park during the peak hours later in the day as more visitors will see the benefit of an early morning visit.
Ticket sales at Angkor Wat Temple complex reached USD47.68 million in the first 10 months of this year, up 0.62% year-on-year.
China, South Korea and Japan are the largest source markets.
The entrance fees to the Angkor temples and monuments in Siem Reap costs USD20 for a day visit, USD40 for three days and USD60 for one week.
The Angkor Archeological Park is the main tourism attractions in Cambodia, well ahead of coastal areas and the ecotourism sites in the northeastern part of the country.
The park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 located in Siem Reap province, which lies 315 km northwest of capital Phnom Penh.