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Angkor Wat In Cambodia: 8 Must See Temples

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Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the largest temple monument of the Angkor complex. The temple is the best preserved and is an architectural masterpiece. The temple is perfect composition, balance, proportions, reliefs, and sculpture. This makes it one of the finest ancient monuments in the world.

Angkor Wat Temples

The gate to Angkor Thom Temple in Angkor Wat Cambodia
Upon approaching the South Gate of Angkor Thom, we were greeted by fascinating giant faces wearing many types of expressions – smiling, serene, serious, angry, scary, etc.
Wat is the Khmer name for a temple. “Angkor Wat” came to be when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument in the sixteenth century. After 1432 when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was in the care of Buddhist monks.
 
Angkor Wat In Cambodia is the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. It's an orientation to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death.
 
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 complex is one of the most visited tourist locations in Southeast Asia. The temples in the Angkor part are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Getting There

Plan to take at least two days to see the entire complex located outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. To see everything inside the entire complex would take 4 to 7 days. Take the time to see this the right way. Chances are you will not make another trip to the site.
 
The easiest thing to do is lease a bicycle or you can travel by Tuk-Tuk. The Tuk-Tuk driver speaks excellent English. We had a driver training to be a guide who had a vast knowledge of the temples. Get a good guide and they will invaluable to your trip.
 
In any case, it is a good idea to buy 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.
 
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 of the Angkor Wat Temples.
 
A part of the structures dates back to the ninth century. The following are the most well known and most visited in the recreation center.

The Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Before Sunset, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat Temple before sunset Siem Reap Cambodia.
The Angkor Wat is the fascinating heart of the Angkor Archeological Park.
 
King Suryavarman II built the temple in the 12th century. The temple celebrated the Hindu God “Vishnu”.
 
During that period, Hinduism was the nation's fundamental religion. Carvings in the dividers of the temples are pictures of gods and engravings of Hindu writing.
 
Some of them can be a little perplexing, others denote day to day activities. One of these is the “Agitating of the Sea of Milk,” a story that shows up in the Mahabharata. It recounts the story of Devas and Asuras. They were the guides of the god Vishnu. The mural of “Amitra” is the solution to everlasting life
 
Some of them can be a little perplexing, others denote day to day activities. One of these is the “Agitating of the Sea of Milk,” a story that shows up in the Mahabharata. It recounts the story of Devas and Asuras. They were the guides of the god Vishnu. The mural of “Amitra” is the solution to everlasting life
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The Bayon Temple Angor Thom

Siem Reap, Cambodia - October 05 2016: The Bayon gate of Angkor Thom the ancient Khmer empire in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia – October 05 2016: The Bayon gate of Angkor Thom the ancient Khmer empire in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The Bayon Temple is also known as Angkor Thom is full of idols with smiling faces. This is the only temple that has smiling gods in the entire complex. The temple has huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. There are 4 faces and each points outward at each of the 4 compass points.
 
Angkor Thom is a square complex, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. This temple is in the exact center of the complex. The temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth.
 
King Jayavarman II built this to be his capital and name it Angkor Thom. The temple is a Buddhist temple do to the kings' religious preference. Unlike the previous king who was a Hindu. He was the only Buddhist king and all rulers after him returned to Hinduism.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Ancient gallery of amazing Ta Prohm temple overgrown with trees. Mysterious ruins of Ta Prohm nestled among rainforest in Angkor Siem Reap Cambodia.
King Jayavarman II built Ta Prohm in the twelfth century. Ta Prohm is one of the significant sanctuaries of Angkor Wat In Cambodia complex.
 
Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII. Jayavarman VII built this temple far in the backwoods away from the city.
 
At present, the sanctuary is no longer utilized. The temple is a favorite spot for photographs. There are huge trees that grow out of the remnants of the building.
 
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 of the roots inside the center is striking.
 
Another popular site is the “Tomb Raider tree” in the central sanctuary. where Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower. On picking the flower she reappeared in the center of the earth beneath the tree.

The Banteay Srei Temple

"Banteay

The Banteay Srei Temple, a sanctuary devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Known for the many-sided points of interest cut on its sanctums, arches, and columns.
 
The temple has a clear rosy shade due to the sandstone used in its construction. This temple was not built for any king. This temple celebrates one of king Rajendravarman's counselors. This is the only temple that does not commemorate a king.

The Banteay Samre Temple

Banteay Samre temple complex in Angkor, Siem Reap, in Cambodia.
Banteay Samre temple complex in Angkor, Siem Reap, in Cambodia.

 

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 the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat In Cambodia.

Banteay Srei translates as “Citadel of Women”. The carvings are so delicate that Cambodians believe only a woman could have created them.

The Prasat Kravan Temple

Siem Reap Cambodia - Nov 30 2016: Prasat Kravan in Angkor. a famous Historical site(UNESCO World Heritage) in Angkor Siem Reap Cambodia.
Siem Reap Cambodia – Nov 30, 2016: Prasat Kravan in Angkor. a famous Historical site(UNESCO World Heritage) in Angkor Siem Reap Cambodia.
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.
 
The construction is of bricks. The horizontal support of stone across the top of the doors and the columns are of sandstone.
This temple commemorates Laksmi, wife of Siva. She holds the symbols of her powers in her four hands. She has admirers kneeling around here.
 
You can only see the relief of this tower in the morning. Afternoons the lights from the west make them almost invisible.
 
Tip: You can only see the relief of this tower in the morning. Afternoons the lights from the west make them almost invisible.

The Baphuon Temple

Siem Reap, Cambodia – 12 January 2018: People are walking to Baphuon temple at Siem Reap on Cambodia
The Baphuon sanctuaries construction was during the eleventh century. The sandstone monument that dedicated to Shiva is in the shape of a stepped pyramid. It is close to the Bayon Temple and known as a Buddhist hallowed place.
 

The Pre-Rup Temple

The Temple of Pre Rup in the Temple City of Angkor near the City of Siem Reap in the west of Cambodia. Cambodia, Siem Reap, April 2014
Pre Rup temple built during the tenth century and the temple celebrates the Hindu god Shiva. Pre Rup is one of the tallest of all Angkor Wat temples. The temple has always been an important site for religious events.
The temple’s name is a modern one meaning “turn the body”. The name is the reason most Cambodians believe it was built as a funeral site. The ashes rotated to various directions during the funeral hence the name.
 
Tip: The temple constructed contains both brick and laterite (a reddish clay material). The warm tones of these materials are best seen early in the morning or when the sun is setting.

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