Visiting circuits launched at Chau Say Tevoda-Thommanon temples in Cambodia's Angkor park

This undated photo shows tourists visiting the Chau Say Tevoda temple in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. (Cambodia's APSARA National Authority/Handout via Xinhua)

PHNOM PENH-- Cambodia's APSARA National Authority (ANA) has launched visiting circuits at Chau Say Tevoda-Thommanon temples in the Angkor Archeological Park in northwestern Siem Reap province, the authority said in a news release on Friday.

Khoeun Kosal, head of tourism agents at Chau Say Tevoda-Thommanon temples, said the visiting circuits will make it easier for tourists to visit the ancient temples from all angles.

According to Kosal, the new circuits are offering two visiting lines. The first line is a short distance that tourists can stop vehicles at the north and walk in the Chau Say Tevoda through the east gate and exit through the same northern gate.

The second one is a long line where visitors can begin to visit the Thommanon, walking through the nursery garden of Ta Keo temple and enter the east gate of the Chau Say Tevoda, he said.

"This arrangement is to facilitate the visit of tourists more easily, especially to make the visit more detailed and comprehensive," he said, adding that in the past, tourists visited both temples in a freestyle.

Chau Say Tevoda, one of the temples in the complex of the Angkor Archeological Park, was built in the late 11th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the news release said.

"Although it is a small temple, Chau Say Tevoda has many beautiful carvings, and there is an attractive bridge at the east entrance where tourists can take pictures," it said.

Chau Say Tevoda is one of the ruined temples in the Angkor that had been restored by a Chinese archeological team from 1997 to 2008.

The 401-square km Angkor Archeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992, is the most popular tourist destination in the Southeast Asian nation. 

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