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Temple Preservation Conference Begins in Siem Reap

Government and tourism officials are meeting in Siem Reap to discuss the dangers posed to the Angkor temples by overcrowding.

Tourism has become a pillar industry for Cambodia, but a spike in tourist numbers has led to concern the temples will be harmed or destroyed.

About 2 million tourists visited the sprawling temple complex in 2006, but 5 million are expected to visit annually by 2010. Most temples are open to scrambling, clambering, picnicking and horseplay.