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Angkor Archaeological Park Temples

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

With the capital of the Khmer Empire being situated at Angkor for some 500 years, there are a wealth of ancient temples and other sites near Siem Reap Town. Most of these sites are in and around the Angkor Archaeological Park. The largest and most significant ruins of the Angkorian Empire are found just to the north of the municipality of Siem Reap, and thus has grown into a tourist oriented town. It is the base from which most visitors explore the temples of Angkor.

The ruins and restored sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and form part of the largest pre-industrial city in the world.

Depending on how you count them, there are some 50 Hindi and Buddhist temples and other sites near Siem Reap, with another 10 major sites further away.

Unfortunately, due to the ravages of time and conflicts, some sites are ruined and not in good condition, but even these crumbling sites are fascinating to visit, and provide a glimpse into the distant past. We have provided descriptions of some the more important sites you may wish to visit.

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Most Popular Temples in Angkor Archaeological Park

  • Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat

    One of the wonders of the oriental world. Covering an area of several hundred square kilometres, Angkor will take your Read More»

  • Angkor Thom

    The largest site in the Angkor Archaeological Park, the name Angkor Thom means Big Angkor. It is a huge walled city with Read More»

  • Bayon Temple

    Bayon Temple features many complicated and exquisite bas-reliefs with scenes depicting land and naval warfare, market Read More»

  • Ta Promh Temple

    Ta Promh temple comes as a complete surprise because it's pretty much the only building in Angkor that has not been Read More»

  • Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill)

    Phnom Bakheng was constructed on the highest hill in the area, it was the first major temple to be built at Angkor after Read More»

  • Baphuon Temple

    Baphuon Temple just to the northwest of the Bayon. Its pyramid shape represents the mythical Hindu Mount Meru and marks Read More»

Angkor - Some Amazing Facts

  • Built from 879-1191 AD at the zenith of the Khmer civilisation, the temples represent one of the world's most amazing and enduring architectural achievements.
  • Angkor had a population of over one million, and was the spiritual centre for the Khmers until it was abandoned after being sacked by the Thais in 1431. The ruling Khmer God-kings controlled a vast territory in the 12th century, extending south, to the Mekong delta in present-day Vietnam, north into Laos, and west over large tracts of what is now Thailand.
  • The surviving structures today are but a fraction of the whole stunning picture, which included a huge city whose wooden buildings - houses, markets, shops, palaces, and public buildings - have long since been destroyed by war and time.
  • The best preserved, and most visited, are Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and Ta Prohm, which were first restored by the French, who established an Angkor Conservancy in 1908.

Temples at Angkor Archaeological Park

Banteay Samre

Built in the distinctive Angkor Wat-style of construction and art, this is a large, relatively low-rise temple. It was Read More...

Baray Lakes & The Mebon Temples

One of the most remarkable aspects of Angkor are the huge Baray. They are immense ancient rectangular artificial Read More...

Chau Say Tevoda

Somewhere between 1120 and 1150AD, King Suryavarman II began building this smallish, graceful Hindu temple. It has a Read More...

North Khleangs

These rectangular, sandstone buildings are called ‘Khleangs’ which means ‘storeroom’ but it is not likely that they were Read More...

Phimeanakas

Phimeanakas is a large, tiered pyramid of laterite and sandstone construction, it is the tallest climbable temple in Read More...

Preah Khan

Preah Khan, which means 'sacred sword’ is a temple that has been left in a largely unreconstructed state. It is not as Read More...

Pre Rup

A large temple-mountain, it contains well-preserved carvings of fine detail. This architecturally and artistically Read More...

Srah Srang

Srah Srang is a small Baray, but quite picturesque Baray, located to the east of Banteay Kdei. It was designed and Read More...

Ta Keo

Ta Keo is a large, temple-mountain style structure, constructed of huge sandstone blocks. It was built by three Read More...

Terrace of the Elephants

The Terrace of the Elephants is a striking 300 meter long, and two and a half-meters high, and is ornamented with carved Read More...

Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King at the north end of the Terrace of Elephants, has carved nagas, demons and other mythical Read More...

Thommanon

Due to extensive restoration in the 1960's, today Thommanon is in good relatively excellent condition. It is a small, Read More...

Outlying Temples & Sites

Some of these ancient temple sites outside of the archaeological park are fairly close to Siem Reap, and can be included in a near temple itinerary. These include: the Roluos Group, Banteay Srei, and Kbal Spean. However, the more remote sites like Beng Melea, Koh Ker, Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk require the better part of a day, or a full day for a round trip from Siem Reap. This is due to the distances involved, and the poor road conditions, especially during the rainy season.

10 Hidden Temples in Siem Reap

These hidden temples in Siem Reap and the surrounding countryside are ideal for those temple-chasers who want to see Read More...

Banteay Srei

The name Banteay Srei translates from Khmer roughly as the ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a recent name that most Read More...

Banteay Chhamar

Because this ancient temple is far from Siem Reap, it is very lightly touristed. It was built under the reign of King Read More...

Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea is a jungle temple is more than 1 sq km in area, and is mostly overgrown by vegetation. It has been left the Read More...

Kbal Spean

This is the famous river of a 1,000 lingas at Phnom Kulen. These lingas (phallic symbols) were evidently carved into the Read More...

Koh Ker

From 928 AD to 944 AD, the capital of the Khmer Empire was moved from Angkor to Koh Ker. This was the only interruption Read More...

Preah Vihear Temple

Some temples have been re-opened recently including the fabulous Preah Vihear Temple. Well over 100 km north-east of Read More...

Sambor Prei Kuk

Located in Kampong Thom Province, these 7th century temple ruins are the remains of Isanapura, the pre-Angkorian capital Read More...

The Roluos Group of Temples

East of Siem Reap along National Highway No. 6, is the 9th century group of temples named for the nearby town of Roluos. Read More...

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