Cars kept away from an­cient tem­ple

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The main road along­side Cam­bo­dia’s famed Angkor Wat tem­ple is now off-lim­its to cars as au­thor­i­ties seek to ease traf­fic jams at the site that draws 2.1 mil­lion tourists a year. “From now on, only tourists walking by foot or rid­ing bi­cy­cles are al­lowed to travel on the road in front of Angkor Wat tem­ple,” Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen said in a Face­book post that an­nounced the mea­sure. The new rule ap­plies to a 300m stretch of road in front of Angkor Wat. Cars and tourist vans are still per­mit­ted on other roads in the Angkor Arche­o­log­i­cal Park, a 400sqkm com­plex with dozens of an­cient tem­ples. Long Kosal, spokesman of the Ap­sara Au­thor­ity, a gov­ern­ment agency that over­sees the Angkor com­plex, said a new park­ing area has been built near the main tem­ple. He said the vol­ume of traf­fic near the tem­ple has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally.

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