A Ferris wheel for Siem Reap? You better believe it.

Will a big wheel be a big deal for Angkor Wat?

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A US$7.2-million Ferris wheel will open late this year in Siem Reap. Photo Credit: Kirkikis/GettyImages

“It will help promote Khmer culture to tourists from around the world who visit Siem Reap. It will also play an important role in establishing new tourism products to attract tourists.”

A Japanese company that has developed 13 Ferris wheels around the world has started work on its 14th project – in one of the world’s most culturally sensitive destinations.

A US$7.2-million Ferris wheel will open late this year in Siem Reap, best known for the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex.

Interestingly, Siem Reap governor Tea Seyha believes a Ferris wheel and Angkor Wat will be good for each other.

He told the Khmer Times, “The investment will not only help keep tourists in the province longer but will also generate jobs for locals.

“It will help promote Khmer culture to tourists from around the world who visit Siem Reap. It will also play an important role in establishing new tourism products to attract tourists.”

Named Angkor Eye, the project is a joint venture of Japanese firm CQ Amenic Co and a local partner.

The structure will rise 85 metres above the ground and carry 192 people in 48 cabins.

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