Move over Angkor Wat, tourists flock to other Unesco site in Cambodia video

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Cambodians on Monday celebrated the newly achieved status of the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk.

Tourists flocked to Cambodia's newest world heritage site on the weekend, the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk after it was recently added to the UN cultural organisation's heritage list.

With its inspiring and tumultuous history, Cambodia attracts tourists from around the world who often make a beeline for the Angkor Wat temple complex, another world heritage site.

On July 8 Unesco added Sambor Prei Kuk or "temple in the richness of the forest" in the Khmer language to its heritage list. Located 206 km north of the capital Phnom Penh, it is home to numerous temples, 10 of which are octagonal.

Sambor Prei Kuk temple is an archaeological site of Ancient Ishanapura.
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Sambor Prei Kuk temple is an archaeological site of Ancient Ishanapura.

Unesco said Sambor Prei Kuk had been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the ancient Chenla Empire, a Khmer civilisation that flourished in the late 6th and 7th centuries and preceded the Khmer Empire.

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It joins the Angkor Archaeological Park and the Preah Vihear temple, located on the Thai-Cambodia border, as world heritage sites.

More than 100 temples can be found in Cambodia's newest world heritage site.
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More than 100 temples can be found in Cambodia's newest world heritage site.

Cambodian tourists visited Sambo Prei Kuk on Saturday. One couple took wedding photos at the site.

"Now that it is listed as the world heritage site, I hope that our people will benefit a lot from this and I say many thanks to our ancestors who built this and kept it for us until this generation," said Sem Norm, a temple guard, adding that he has been taking care of the temples since 1994.

Others hope tourism will help to boost the local economy.

A man walks at Sambor Prei Kuk in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia.
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A man walks at Sambor Prei Kuk in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia.

"When we have more tourists then the people here can get more income by selling the souvenirs and our kids can even learn English language easily," said tourist Uch Srey Leakhena.

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Thousands were expected to celebrate the listing of Sambo Prei Kuk as a world heritage site on Monday.

Tourist arrivals in Cambodia rose 5 per cent to five million last year. About 5.5 million tourists are expected to visit the country this year.

A religious figure is seen inside Sambor Prei Kuk.
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A religious figure is seen inside Sambor Prei Kuk.

Sambor Prei Kuk translates to "the temple in the richness of the forest".
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Sambor Prei Kuk translates to "the temple in the richness of the forest".

 - Reuters

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