Angkor Wat Tops the List of World’s Famous Landmarks for 2017

Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province has been crowned No. 1 among the top 10 landmarks for 2017 by TripAdvisor.

Angkor Wat � a UNESCO World Heritage Site � beat off India’s Taj Mahal, Peru’s Machu Picchu, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, Italy to take the top spot.

The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Landmarks Awards is based on the reviews and ratings from reviewers on the site over the past 12 months. The awards honor 706 landmarks in 82 countries.

In 2016, Angkor Wat Temple, the symbol of Cambodia, won the first place among the 500 most fascinating tourist destinations around the world, in Lonely Planet, while in 2015, the temple won the No. 1 global must-see spot on the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List and the No. 1 world landmark in the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Landmarks Awards. In 2014, Angkor Wat came out on top in an ArchaeoMadness competition organised by the Archeological Institute of America to mark the International Archeology Day.

In 1993, there were less than 10,000 foreign tourists visited Angkor Wat, but last year, this archeological site attracted more than 2 million visitors, generated US$62.5 million as income from ticket sales.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque centre in Adu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates came in second in the top 25 Landmarks for 2017, followed by Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Spain.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press