The Royal Government of Cambodia has recently announced the eagerly anticipated annual Angkor Thanksgiving, set to take place from December 7 to 16 at the prestigious Angkor World Heritage Site. This grand event is organized to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Angkor Archaeological Park’s designation as a World Heritage Site.
The APSARA National Authority, in a statement released on November 30, expressed the significance of the Angkor Thanksgiving celebration in honoring the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia and celebrating the preservation of the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Under the esteemed presidency of First Lady Dr. PichChanmony Hun Manet, the Angkor Thanksgiving will commence on December 7. The First Lady’s involvement in the event further highlights the importance and grandeur of this celebration.
The Angkor Archaeological Park, situated in the northwest Siem Reap province, stands as a testament to Cambodia’s glorious past. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 14, 1992, during its 16th meeting in Santa Fe, USA, the park has become the country’s premier tourist destination.
Encompassing a sprawling area of 401 square kilometers, the Angkor Archaeological Park preserves the magnificent remains of various capitals of the Khmer Empire, spanning from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Visitors to the park are mesmerized by the awe-inspiring structures such as the renowned Angkor Wat, the enchanting Bayon Temple, the captivating Chau Say Tevoda, and the majestic Takeo Temple, among others.
The popularity of the Angkor Archaeological Park continues to soar, as evident from the impressive visitor numbers recorded this year. From January to October, the park welcomed a staggering influx of 602,570 foreign tourists, marking a remarkable 255 percent increase compared to the previous year. Additionally, the park has seen a substantial surge in revenue generated from entrance ticket sales, totaling USD 27.8 million during this period, reflecting an impressive 312 percent increase compared to the corresponding timeframe last year.
The Angkor Thanksgiving serves as a momentous occasion to not only showcase Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage but also to celebrate the tireless efforts in preserving these ancient treasures. It offers an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the majesty of the Angkor Archaeological Park and truly appreciate the cultural significance it holds.
As the grand event approaches, excitement fills the air, and both Cambodians and international tourists eagerly anticipate the festivities that undoubtedly will be filled with cultural performances, traditional food, and a palpable sense of pride in Cambodia’s historical legacy.
The Angkor Thanksgiving at the Angkor World Heritage Site is an event that must not be missed—a truly unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on all who have the privilege to attend.