Angkor Wat Closed Due To Covid Outbreak

The most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia is being closed to visitors for two weeks due to the country’s ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The closure is the latest in a series of measures imposed by the government battling a significant outbreak in a country that has, largely, escaped the worst of the virus. The site will be closed from 7th to 20th April.

Angkor Archaeological Park in northern Cambodia attracted 2.2 million foreign tourists in 2019 plus significant numbers of Cambodians.

Pictures of Angkor Archaeological Park

Dating from the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park covers more than 400 square km and has 72 major temples and buildings, plus the remains of several hundred more. Many are in a relatively small area meaning that visiting multiple temples on one day is possible.

UNESCO Concerns Over Angkor Wat Developments

The latest Covid outbreak in the country has been attributed to a foreign resident who broke quarantine in February to visit a nightclub.

This led to the Cambodian government closing schools, cinemas, bars and other entertainment venues throughout Phnom Penh from 20th February for two weeks. However cases continued to increase and the measures were extended to the rest of the country.

Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia
Bayon, Angkor, Cambodia

Cambodia has continued to allow foreign tourists into the country throughout the pandemic but with strict entry and quarantine conditions that ha meant numbers have been minimal.

Cambodia has so far recorded 3,604 cases of Covid-19 during the pandemic. This includes 576 in the last 24 hours, around 16% of total cases. There have been 24 deaths attributed to the virus.

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