Ever since French explorer Henri Mouhot went up Phnom Bakheng in 1859 and noted the “beautiful view” of Angkor that the temple mountain afforded, guidebooks have urged visitors not to miss the moment the sun sets at the monument. This recommendation amounted to an incredibly successful marketing campaign, which has since seen millions of visitors flock to Phnom Bakheng to watch the sunset, but has also taken its toll on the 1,100-year old monument. So much so that two years ago, the Apsara Authority—the Cam*bo**dian government agency that manages the Angkor Archeological Park—had to limit the number of
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