With hundreds of worth-seeing temples scattering throughout the area of cultural heritage world Angkor in Siem Reap, tourist can only select few most beautiful temples to admire on the things to see shortlist.
- Angkor Wat:
If you do not have enough time to visit all the temples in immense Siem Reap, make sure that you don’t miss Angkor Wat. Situated in the Angkor architecture system aged over 1000 years old, Angkor Wat was once the capital of the Khmer dynasty. This is one of the most important relics in Cambodia, and considered as the peak of Khmer art and architecture. Ranked as the largest religious structure in the world today, built under King Suriya-warman II (1113-1150), initially Angkor Wat was built to worship the Hindu god Vishnu. Later, when Khmer dynasty go along to Buddhist, Angkor Wat temples became Buddhist temple. From the 15th century, Angkor Wat had been forgotten since the capital of the Khmer empire was destroyed by Siamese and Khmer King left Phnom Penh. Tours Indochina
The highlights of the whole architecture of Angkor Wat are frescos, reliefs carved motifs, historical stories of Hindu epic. The symmetrical corridor gives a whole sense of mystery over thousands of years. According to incomplete statistics about the construction progress of this temple, Khmer people used 300,000 people with 6,000 elephants for nearly 20 years. This 200-hectare-wide region attracts millions of tourists from around the world each year.
- Angkor Thom:
Not far from Angkor Wat is Angkor Thom, an ancient capital of Khmer empire. Angkor Thom had been used as capital until 1431 before Phnom Penh became capital after 7 months of siege in the Siamese troops. With an area of 10km2, the city with a series of ancient temples having capacity of 1 million people at the time. To enter the ancient city of Angkor Thom which ages 800 years old, people can go through five different gate which is at least 20 meters high. Angkhor Thom includes a lot of entrance, temples tombs such as Bayon, Baphuon or Ta Prohm. Cambodia travel packages
People will be impressed when they arrive at the first gate made by statue rows on two sides of a bridge over surrounded by a 190m-campus. Located in the centre of the ancient temple is Bayon hiding great creativity. With 216 giant faces with enigmatic smiles carved and made of rock, Bayon easily overwhelmed horror sensation for visitors, especially when they look up to 54 towers forming a matrix inside stone temple. Only when climbing to the top floor of the house, all arrangements become clearer. Hundreds of years passed by, millions of people have come here, to admire, to face and leave with endless questions about the meaning of Bayon. Bayon is not as great as Angkor Wat, but can also give tourists small space to sit quietly and watch the time, to sink into quietness with endless smiles was etched in the clouds over 800 years old there.
Located in the northwest of Cambobia, graceful Siem Reap hide itself amid the vast green forest. For over 1000 years, magnificent ancient city with a lot of relics of temples, became ruined. Though it was devastated by time, wars and human, what remains today is still enough to make tourists utter “Come to Angkor and you can die”.