PHNOM PENH, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Angkor Wat Temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, received 2.06 million foreign visitors last year, up 28 percent compared to 1.61 million in a year earlier, a tourism report said Tuesday.
The top five countries visiting the country's largest cultural site are South Korea, Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand, showed the report of the Siem Reap provincial tourism department.
The temple greeted 339,530 South Koreans last year, up 23 percent year-on-year; 220,050 Vietnamese, down 13 percent; 184,965 Chinese, up 51 percent; 134,630 Japanese, up 9 percent; and 129, 660 Thais, up 153 percent.
Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of Siem Reap provincial tourism department, attributed the remarkable rise of tourists to the temple to the country's full security and safety, more direct flight connections between Siem Reap City and other countries and broader tourism promotion. "It is expected that foreign visitors to the temple could grow by another 15 percent this year,"he told Xinhua over telephone.
Siem Reap's Angkor archeological park is situated about 315 kilometers northwest of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.
An entrance fee to see the temple is 20 U.S. dollars a day for a foreigner, 40 U.S. dollars for a three-day visit and 60 U.S. dollars for a weeklong visit.
Tourism is one of the major four pillars supporting the economy. The others are garment industry, agriculture and real estate.