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Cambodia's ancient wonders suffer modern ills

Cambodia's ancient wonders suffer modern ills

A few thousand tourists surge up a Cambodian hillside. They trample over stonework and quaff beer at a sacred hilltop with spectacular views of one of the world's greatest ancient monuments: Angkor Wat.
An influx of tourists is hastening the deterioration of hundreds of ruins built by the kings of Angkor between the 9th and 14th centuries.
The stone buildings have emerged as one of Asia's top tourist draws and a vital source of money for impoverished Cambodia. More than 2 million visitors are expected this year compared to 250,000 a decade ago.
Many conservationists say the time has come to limit the number of tourists or require slippers and curtail where visitors can walk.


Updated : 2021-05-15 13:23 GMT+08:00