There is no doubt that Siem Reap, an ancient town of Cambodia, is one of the most important archeological areas in the world. For more than 500 years, it is considered as the spiritual heart of the country. The below list will provide information about some temples which is of interest to visitors in Siem Reap. Tours in Indochina
It is well-known that Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the world and also the heart of Hindus. The temple was built by the king Suryavarman II during the time of 30 years. It is impressive that its volume of stone is equal to that of Cheops pyramid in Egypt. On the walls and pillars, there are beautiful scenes originated from Hindu mythology. Most of visitors spend their time here witnessing spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Preah Khan, built in 12th century, is one of the most fascinating attractions in the Angkor temple complex as well as in Siem Reap. Literally, Preah Khan means “Sarced Sword”. Preah Khan is divided into four spaces by four concentric ramparts. The temple contains a lot of phallic symbols such as lingas, giant serpents at the east and west entrance. Over the years of wars, these statues have been disfigured and vandalized.
The Khmer temple of Ta Som was built at the same time with Preah Khan, 12th century when Cambodia is under the reign of the powerful King Jayavarman VII. Compared to other temples, this one is quite small. However, it is one of the most well-preserved temples. Your heart may skip a beat if you witness its magnificent entrance. Besides, it is also worth your time admiring the mixture between nature and buildings inside the temple. Ta Som is considered an important part of Angkor’s history as well as an artistic treasure. Cambodia travel packages
It was built in the 10th century by the King Rajendraman II. Pre Rub is extremely impressive with its superb architectural design which creates the temple’s balance and proportion. Especially, the material using for building Pre Rub is entirely brick and laterite so it is best to see early in the morning and in the afternoon. When visiting the temple, you should not miss an apparently unforgettable sunset here. Unlike other temples, the view is not obscured by trees and dusty grasslands.
Ta Prohm is the most favorite temple in Siem Reap. It is a Buddhist temple which is dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII. At Ta Prohm, there are 39 towers connected by numerous galleries. However, you are not allowed to climb onto them because this can cause damage to the temple. Inside the temple, there are giant trees providing shade and casting a greenish light. Especially, the “Tomb Raider tree” is very popular site which is in the central sanctuary since Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower in a movie filmed here.
You will be surprised to admire these stunning temples of Siem Reap with your own eyes. So it definitely gives them a miss if you are short in time. Just go for it!
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