Cambodia Bans Cars Near Angkor Wat Temple

Cambodia Bans Cars Near Angkor Wat Temple
Traffic jam, elephant riding and mass tourism in Angkor Wat Cambodia
Traffic jam at the site of Angkor Wat Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced via his Facebook page that the main road alongside Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple is now off-limits to cars as authorities seek to ease traffic jams at the site that draws 2.1 million tourists a year.

The new rule applies to a 300-meter (985-foot) stretch of road in front of Angkor Wat. Cars and tourist vans can still drive around other temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, a 400-square kilometer (160-square mile) complex.

Angkor Wat, the country’s biggest tourist attraction, was built between the ninth and 14th centuries. It is a symbol of national pride, emblazoned on the Cambodian flag, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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