Angkor ticket sales earns $24M in three-quarter

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's famed Angkor Archaeological Park earned $24.95 million from ticket sales in the first nine months of this year, a 365 percent increase compared to the same period last year, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise said on Monday.

In the January-September period, Angkor entrance passes were sold to 539,561 foreign tourists, a 302 percent increase year-on-year, the Angkor Enterprise's report pointed out.

In September alone, it added, the park attracted 41,048 foreign visitors, making US$1.86 million in revenue from ticket sales.

The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is $37, a three-day visit costs $62, and a week-long visit is $72.

Located in northwest province and listed as a World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1992, the Angkor Archaeological Park is the most popular tourist destination in the Kingdom.

Covering an area of 401sqkm, the Angkor contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the ninth to the 15th centuries, and it consists of scores of key temples such as the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Keo, among others.

Tourism is one of the four major pillars supporting Cambodia's .

In pre-pandemic 2019, the country received 6.6 million international tourists, generating $4.92 billion in revenue that accounted for 12.1 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product.

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