Angkor Wat was not deemed one of the so-called New Seven Wonders of the World, after
results of the competition were announced July 7. The winners, decided by an internet
vote, were The Great Wall of China, Jordan's ancient city of Petra, the statue of
Christ in Rio de Janerio, India's Taj Mahal, the Colosseum in Rome, the Mayan ruins
of Chichen Itza in Mexico and Peru's Machu Picchu. But critics have called the competition
an unprofessional popularity contest. CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said the results were
an injustice. "This type of competition discourages Cambodians and destroys
our ancestors' achievements," he told local media.