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Hamid Ansari visits Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm temples in Cambodia

After Angkor Wat, Ansari and the Indian delegation also made a pit stop at Cambodia’s other stunning temple, the Ta Prohm, where, too, India was involved in its restoration and is set to start a new phase of restoration soon.

What the Taj Mahal is to India, Angkor Wat is to Cambodia . On Thursday, Vice-President Hamid Ansari visited Angkor Wat, the spectacular 12th century temple complex, said to be the largest religious structure in the world.

Siem Reap: Vice President,  Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Salma Ansari visit the Angkor Wat Temple, at Siem Reap, Cambodia on  Thursday.PTI Photo by Vijay Kumar Joshi(PTI9_17_2015_000164B)
Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Salma Ansari visit the Angkor Wat Temple, at Siem Reap, Cambodia on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

The sprawling temple complex, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is Cambodia’s biggest crowd-puller — it received about 2 million tourists last year. So strong a symbol is Angkor Wat for Cambodia that a Patna-based private trust’s plans to build a replica in Bihar upset the country with Cambodia lodging a strong protest over it.

Duplication is not the Angkor Wat’s only problem. There are concerns that the growing number of tourists could harm the temple, a UNESCO world site, which in the past was restored with help from various agencies including Archaeological Survey of India.

After Angkor Wat, Ansari and the Indian delegation also made a pit stop at Cambodia’s other stunning temple, the Ta Prohm, where, too, India was involved in its restoration and is set to start a new phase of restoration soon.

Ansari left for neighbouring Lao PDR later, where he addressed the Indian community at a reception in the evening.