In the event that you have never gone to the Angkor Wat UNESCO Site here are a few tips for getting the most out of a visit to the Angkor Wat complex. The temples including Angkor Wat are the most well known in Cambodia. You can best appreciate going to this sanctuary in the early morning and late afternoons as it can be a tiny bit hot in the mid-day hours. Be that as it may, going by in the late afternoon is so much more brilliant. You can keep a watch out for the sunset and look for super cool photo perspectives that you can shoot of the Angkor Wat Temples. You can get better results of the incredible sanctuary in the afternoon as opposed to in the morning. The mornings are so crowded that it is very hard to get decent photographs.

When you arrive in the Siem Reap region where the extraordinary Angkor Wat complex is situated , don’t expect to see all of there is in one day. You will need to spend somewhere in the range of three to four days or a week to see all of the different sanctuaries that compose Angkor Wat. Those sanctuaries are incredibly well preserved and were created during the old time of Cambodia. The easiest thing to do is lease a bicycle or you can travel by Tuk Tuk. The vast majority of the Tuk Tuk drivers can communicate in English and numerous other dialects, so they can also be your friendly guide. In any case, it is a good idea to purchase a manual which depicts the sanctuary history. These manuals will also let you know the best time to visit each sanctuary so that you can plan your visits.

Angkor Wat Temples

Angkor which signifies “incredible city” was the capital of the Khmer Empire, a realm that once thrived and had a fortification over Southeast Asia. The remains of the antiquated city have turned into a noteworthy vacation spot due to a few amazing temples inside what is presently the Angkor Archeological Park. A portion of the structures dates back to the ninth century. The following are the most well known and most visited in the recreation center.

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The Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat is the fascinating heart of the Angkor Archeological Park. It was developed in the twelfth century by King Suryavarman II out of appreciation for the Hindu God “Vishnu,” known as “the preserver.” During that period, Hinduism was the nation’s fundamental religion. Carved on the dividers of the sanctuary halls are perplexing pictures of divinities and engravings from Hindu writing. One of these is the “Agitating of the Sea of Milk,” a story that shows up in the Mahabharata. It recounts the Devas and Asuras. The guide of the god Vishnu in an interesting mural for “Amrita,” which was accepted to be the solution to everlasting life.

The Bayon Temple

The Bayon Temple is known as the temple of “numerous smiling idols.” It is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point.

Angkor Thom was built as a square, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. Bayon was built in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman II in his capital city Angkor Thom. The temple was committed to the god Buddha in light of the fact that the king was Buddhist. Nonetheless, after his rule, succeeding rulers returned to Hinduism.

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Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is one of the significant sanctuaries in the complex. It was created in the twelfth century by King Jayavarman II. Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII. It was built deep in the backwoods as a religious community for Buddhist friars. At present, the sanctuary is no longer utilized. However, it is a standout amongst the most well-known sanctuaries in the recreation center as a result of the monster trees growing out of its remnants. This was the site for the film ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’. The vines, some as wide as an oak tree, breaking massive stones in two and spill over the top of temple ramparts. The effect is striking, especially at the strangulating root formation on the inside of the easternmost entrance pavilion. Another popular site is the “Tomb Raider tree” in the central sanctuary, where Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower and was sucked beneath the earth.

The Banteay Srei Temple

The Banteay Srei Temple is renowned for the many-sided points of interest cut on its sanctums, arches, and columns. It is a sanctuary devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. It was produced using sandstone of clear rosy shades. This was the only major temple at Angkor not built for the king; instead, it was constructed by one of king Rajendravarman’s counselors. Banteay Srei translates as “Citadel of Women,” and it is said that the reliefs on this temple are so delicate that they could only have been carved by the hand of a woman.

The Banteay Samre Temple

Banteay Samre is one of the most remote of the temples. Because of its remoteness, it does not have as many tourists visiting. The temple is worth the extra effort to experience the elaborate architecture and fine carvings. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the regions at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscription has been found in this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.

The Prasat Kravan Temple

The Prasat Kravan is a little Hindu sanctuary worked in the tenth century. It is an unusual arrangement of five towers in a row on one terrace. They are built of brick; the horizontal support of stone across the top of the doors and the columns are of sandstone. This temple was dedicated to Laksmi, wife of Siva. She holds the symbols of her powers in her four hands and is flanked by kneeling admirers.

Tip: The reliefs in this tower are best viewed in the morning when the east light enters the door, in the afternoon they are barely visible.

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The Baphuon Temple

The Baphuon sanctuary was created during the eleventh century. The sandstone monument that was dedicated to Shiva is in the shape of a stepped pyramid. It is close to the Bayon Temple and is effectively utilized as a Buddhist hallowed place.

It is important for visitors to know that clothing regulations are enforced here. Open garments like shorts, sleeveless shirts or tube tops are not permitted and travelers must maintain a quiet decorum while inside the sanctuary.

The Pre-Rup Temple

The Pre Rup temple was built during the tenth century and was devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. It is one of the tallest temples in the recreation center and is accepted to be an old site for important religious events. The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning “turn the body”. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body being ritually rotated in different directions as the service progressed.

Tip: Because the temple is built entirely of brick and laterite (a reddish clayey material), the warm tones of these materials are best are seen early in the morning or when the sun is setting.

As always, our photos are posted at A Road To Photography.

Comments

  1. Cambodia is one of those countries that I’d really like to visit because of their temples. Ever since Mortal Kombat, I was already amazed when I saw the Angkor Wat. Some of my photographer friends were able to capture some magnificent photos of the temple. But recently I recall, there was a quake and the place was affected. I’m just not sure how much damage it took. I hope they can still restore the damaged parts of the temple.

  2. Wow, very interesting. It seems that these temples is a mirror that reflects the culture in Cambodia. These different types of temples shows the different beauties present in the country.

  3. I have read a few things about Cambodia, and this article adds some more knowledge under my belt. But guess the ultimate experience would be to visit there first had like you guys did!

  4. I never knew there would be that many temples in Cambodia. Besides the 8 theres definitely more. I love the Prasat Kravan Temple the most though. It’s like engraved within nature already.

  5. well this is quite an interesting list of places and temples to visit in cambodia. It has been my life long dream to visit the said country and i hope i can fulfill that dream this year. I have been saving much of my money for a holiday in siem reap by november and have checked flights and hotel accommodation for it. I love your list btw and will try to cover all temples when i go visit cambodia this november… yey

  6. i went to CAMBODIA last year and have visited some of the Angkor Wat Temples… i must say that the one that really struck me was the BAYON TEMPLE… i love the idea that this is the temple of the queen goddess BAYON… such grandeur and architectural design… i must go back to CAMBODIA this year and visit the rest of the temples on your list…

  7. Awesome pictures of Angkor Wat! Also, thank you for the tips at the end. I will keep that in mind when I finally visit the temples.

  8. I feel like channeling my inner Lara Croft! Awesome pictures, by the way. And very informative too! Keep up the good work guys!

  9. I wish I can just up and go visit Cambodia. All those temples look like such amazing places to explore. I’m especially interested in the remote Banteay Samre Temple and the ancient tree in the Baphuon Temple.

  10. The photography is amazing. I too would enjoy even more pictures since I will likely never have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia myself so I have to be satisfied with what I can find online. Outside of the temples themselves, I find the surrounding plant life very interesting as well. Those trees that are pictured look ancient. Any idea how old they are?

  11. Great post & pics! I am really mesmerized by the Wat Temples. Very nice! Would be nice if you could add some videos too!

  12. Now this is a new one. I have seen several travel sites, but not many highlight Cambodia. You guys really get around. I’m envy your lifestyle :p

  13. Amazing temple sites! I had no idea there are so many beautiful temples around, each has its own unique definition to it and such sacred places. Living so near in the South East Asia, I have not yet been there, but will now find time to explore Angkor Wat in the future. And will surely plan more time to visit all these sites.

  14. Some really useful information! Although I will admit that I wish you had pictures for each entry. Very interesting about the Citadel of Women. I guess there really is no way to know if the reliefs really were carved by a woman, or if it had some special significance for them. It’s too far in the past, and history does not tend to preserve information about women.

  15. Awesome pictures and great overview of the history of the region. It’s a big plus that a lot of people there speak English even in Southeast Asia.

  16. I’ve been to Siem Reap and I’ve got to say, the temples are breathtaking. Just thinking about the history of the place makes it seem magical. The only thing I hated during the trip was Angkor Wat was under renovation so I did not have the best pictures. Huhu.
    I enjoyed shopping there too as things are pretty cheap.

  17. First Mongolia now, Cambodia. I love these articles for it puts places back on the map destination wise. Base on the pics I cannot help but get the Tomb Raider feel on it.

  18. I was amazed to see such awe inspiring temples. Thank you for the tips on the Prasat kravan temple. Hopefully i can make it out there one day. There is definately much to see in Angkor Wat.

  19. Thanks to your blog, I feel like I am exploring the world. I’ve never been out of my own country, but through your stories and photographs I feel like I am also part of your adventures. Thank you for always posting fantastic stories about your travels.

  20. Yet another amazing adventure from you guys. Thank you for sharing about the temples in Angkor Wat. I especially enjoyed seeing your photographs. These temples are captivating indeed.

  21. Amazingly beautiful!!!! I was never fortunate enough to visit such exotic places….the quality of the pics are so high that I feel like I’m in it. I will probably make a bucket list and include these places ….

  22. Really great pictures. I had no idea Angkor Wat was anywhere as extensive as it is. I had always thought it was basically one big temple. Really useful information here for planning out a multi-day stay.

  23. I have never visit Angkor Wat, so these tips are really useful for me! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and additional tips about the Prasat kravan temple and the pre rup temple. I will definitely keep these in mind when going there.

  24. I have never visited Cambodia but I have always dreamed of making it to Angkor Wat one day. I love the sound of Banteay Samre because it is a little more remote and therefore quieter. But tbh I’d love to visit them all!

    1. We have been to both Angkor Wat and the temples of Bagan in Myanmar. If I could take one trip I would probably choose Bagan. The temples, all 2400 are intact instead of in ruins and there are far fewer people. You can rent an Ebike for about $6 a day and have them to yourself.

  25. In my opinion, the smaller temples were more even more impressive than Angkor Wat itself. When I go back to Cambodia next year, I have a few other temples to see. It’s so hard to get to them all in three days! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Cambodia has been on my bucket list for ages, it is great to here more about the lesser known temples, I had no idea there were so many there! Great tips about when to visit too, thanks!

  27. It looks beautiful in the photos here. Actually i heard mixed stories about Angkor Wat. Honestly, do you recommend it to me to visit Siam Reap just to see Angkor Wat? Any recommendation on other things to do and see around? Thanks.

    1. For sure it is something you must see, it is an amazing site. Another must see are the temples of Bagan, Myanmar. As far as Siem Reap it is the city you stay in when visiting Angkor Wat. Not much to see there but it is the gateway to the site.

  28. It is so nice to see a detailed list of the temples. Most people end up just taking either a one day or two day tour on Angkor. We did this but also visited Beng Mealea which was like a 1 hour trip from Siem Reap. It’s definitely nice to see as many as you can fit it as they are all unique :)..

  29. I definitely would echo spending more than a day there however I would suggest doing a long morning one day to see sunrise and a long afternoon the next as you have suggested. It gets so hot out there that it becomes draining and eventually you lose interest which is frankly not something that you want to happen when it is so amazing,

  30. It’s interesting to read about some of the lesser visited temples in Siem Reap. I wish I had more than the oe day there to explore. We only went to Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temples.

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