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Cambodia says Angkor visitors must dress properly

  • FILE - In this April 15, 2016, file, photo, tourist walk at Banteay Srey temple of Angkor complex, in Siem Reap province, about 320 kilometers (199 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visitors who dress immodestly will not be allowed to enter Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex, the agency that oversees the site said Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

    FILE - In this April 15, 2016, file, photo, tourist walk at Banteay Srey temple of Angkor complex, in Siem Reap province, about 320 kilometers (199 miles) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visitors who dress immodestly will not be allowed to enter Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex, the agency that oversees the site said Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, March 20, 2015, file photo, the sun rises behind Angkor Wat at the eastern site of Siem Reap province, some 230 kilometers (143 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visitors who dress immodestly will not be allowed to enter Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex, the agency that oversees the site said Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

    In this Friday, March 20, 2015, file photo, the sun rises behind Angkor Wat at the eastern site of Siem Reap province, some 230 kilometers (143 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visitors who dress immodestly will not be allowed to enter Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex, the agency that oversees the site said Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)  (The Associated Press)

Cambodian authorities say they will ban visitors to the famed Angkor temples who dress immodestly.

Long Kosal, a spokesman for Apsara Authority, which oversees the archaeological complex, says beginning Aug. 4, local and foreign tourists will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and shirts that cover their shoulders. Those not dressed appropriately will be required to change their clothes before being allowed to enter the temple site.

He said Thursday that the ban was implemented because wearing revealing clothes disrespects the temple's sanctity.

About 2.1 million foreign tourists visited Angkor last year.