Parts of Angkor to open at 5am starting next year

Angkor Wat. Source: TTRWeekly 20151109

Selected temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park will open mush earlier, at 5 am, in a bid to ease some of the tourist congestion starting next year. I personally like to visit the temples earlier in the day rather than later, so thumbs up for this measure!

Angkor Wat. Source: TTRWeekly 20151109
Angkor Wat. Source: TTRWeekly 20151109

Early opening at Angkor
TTR Weekly, 09 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.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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