Angkor Wat World Heritage Site Threatened By Tourist Footfall

Angkor Wat World Heritage Site Threatened By Tourist Footfall
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - NOVEMBER 20: Korean tourists get their photo taken on the grounds of the Angkor Wat temple November 20, 2007 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tourism continues to grow to an average of 30 percent a year with new shopping centers and hotels lining the streets of Siem Reap. The Angkor Wat temple is a fast growing tourist destination with 1.7 million visiting last year. Preservationists in Cambodia, one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries, are seriously concern over damages created by constant overcrowding in touring the temple with numbers exceeding the capacity the site can manage. Angkor Wat was built between the ninth and fifteenth centuries, but was officially rediscovered in 1860 by French naturalist Henri Mouhot. The temple was later restored with the help of both UNESCO and archaeologists from France and Japan. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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