Cars kept away from ancient temple
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.