Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire for some 500 years, is home to a wealth of ancient temples and historical sites Most of these sites are in and around the Angkor Archaeological Park near the town of Siem Reap. The ruins and restored sites in the park are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage site and form part of the world’s largest preindustrial city.
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 are able to provide a glimpse into the distant past.
Most Popular Temples in Angkor Archaeological Park
One of the wonders of the oriental world. Covering an area of several hundred square kilometres, Angkor will take your Read More»
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 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 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 was the spiritual centre for the Khmers until it was abandoned after being sacked by the Thais in 1431. 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 Thailand.
The surviving structures are a fraction of 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 are Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm, first restored by the French who established an Angkor Conservancy in 1908.
Due to extensive restoration in the 1960's, today Thommanon is in good relatively excellent condition. It is a small, Read More...
Outlying Temples and Sites
Some of these ancient temple sites outside of the Angkor Archaeological Park are fairly close to Siem Reap. This means you-you can easily reach them from the town and include in a near temple itinerary. Such temple sites and complexes include the Roluos Group, Banteay Srei, and Kbal Spean.
But 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.
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