Angkor Wat one of the Angkor Temples is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia and this expat adventure traveler found it to be a magical place. A great place to visit from South Korea if you have 5 days which includes travel. The Angkor Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are so much history from 10th to the 15th century with the temples construction from different stones from a dozen Khmer cities. These temples have been built, rebuilt and now some reduced to just rubble.
Cambodia is a lush, vivid green, humid country which has seen some hardships but have wonderful temples to share with the world.
There are many temples in Angkor which is located in Siem Reap. On one of my latest expat adventure travels to Cambodia, I visited a few temples that everyone should attempt to see and feel the awe when looking at these amazing sites. Wear your walking shoes, grab a hat and a bottle of water and start your adventure. Lets check out these Angkor Temples.
The crown jewel of the Khmer architecture, site built in the 12 century. Angkor Wat is the largest, most religious and best preserved temple. Protected by a massive moat with the entrance on walkway that crosses the moat and see the only temple that faces west. Walk through the halls and see the scenes depicted on the bass reliefs that stretch for 800m.
Good time to arrive at the temple is right before sunrise. Go over the moat and down the walkway towards the temple and set up on the left side before the pond and see the sunrise behind Angkor Wat. Feel the stillness in the air before sunrise and image what it would be like during that time in history. As the sun rises, hear the birds singing and feel the mystery, as the temple comes to light. It is just a magnificent site to see.
Located in Angkor inspired by Buddhism whose impressive site is the huge four faced Buddha. Surrounded by walls and five gates built in the 12th century. Enter by the south gate and visit the Terrace of the Leper Kings and the Terrace of the Elephants a place for public ceremonies.
Bayon a mysterious temple mountain is located in the center of Angkor Thom. Notice the artistic creativity and see the 54 towers that show the smiling stone carved faces.
A small 10th century Hindu Temple dedicated to Shiva located about 20km from Angkor. See the magnificent carvings of Vishnu and Shiva. Notice the pink sandstone and the beautiful carvings.
Built in 1186 and served the empires administrative center for the 102 hospitals. Europeans found this temple in the 19th century and today still looks as it did when it was found. Huge trees growing up through the temple provide a breathtaking view. The massive roots ruined many passageways and courtyards but it’s amazing to see how the jungle has taken over. My favorite temple to see, plus was in the movie “Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie.
Tips for Angkor Temples
- Transportation in Angkor will need to be arranged before hand to get around to the temples. There are motorcycle taxis, bicycles for rent, and tuk tuk’s. The area is well organized with good roads to travel.
- Passes: Enter by buying 1, 3, or 7 day passes. A passport photo is needed for 3-7 day passes which they take right there for free.
- Hours: Sites are open from Sunrise to Sunset and the main temples can all be seen within 3 days.
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