Australia will help to save the Angkor Wat

Australia will help to save the Angkor Wat
Australia will help to save the Angkor Wat

The Australian government was among the major participants of restoration of one of the main Asian attractions - the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

In total Australia donated $1 million for the maintenance of the architectural pearl of the region.

It should be noted that tourists from Australia are among the key groups, who annually visit the Angkor Wat. Due to the high interest in the architectural monument of Cambodia the pace of destruction of the unique temple is also increasing. At present the famous lost city and the temple are visited by about 20,000 people daily. Australian funding of the monument reconstruction will neutralize the harmful impact of the numerous visitors.

Australia would share its rich experience to maintain unique monument of the Asian architecture. In particular, during the reconstruction and optimization of tourism infrastructure it is planned to take into account developments of conservation of the Australian native attraction - Uluru Aboriginal Park - located in the desert in the heart of Australia nearly 1500 km from the nearest big city of Darwin. Uluru Park is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Angkor Wat is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is one of the visiting cards of Asian tourism. According to Wikipedia, it is the largest religious building of the planet. The temple complex is depicted on the Cambodian national flag. Europeans discovered the Angkor Wat in 1861 during the expedition to the Asian jungles of the French explorer Henri Mouhot. The temple complex covers a total area of 200 hectares. Angkor Wat was one of the candidates to the list of New Seven Wonders of the World, which was published in 2007.

Ilya Kalachev

Date: 31/03/2012

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