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Angkor Wat

We started our temple tour with the famous Angkor Wat. This temple is just one of the many Angkor temples in Siem Reap. It took us more than one hour to view the whole area. The tour guide explained in perfect detail everything we need to know about the history of this place. According to him, this place was constructed during the 12th century. It's surrounded by a moat, which is a large man-made lake. According to Hindu literature the moat represents the ocean. Theres a cosway which connects the temple from the dirt road where the tuktuks and other vehicles were parked. Angkor Wat was said to resemble Mount Meru, believed to be the center of the universe or the home of the gods under Hindu literature.

Angkor Thom

Our next stop is Angkor Thom. It was also constructed during the 12th century. It's one of the largest ancient city temples of Khmer period. Angkor Thom is located just a few minutes tuktuk ride from Angkor Wat. We entered through the south gate entrance with a cosway lined by large statues of gods (left) and demons (right) leading through the entrance. The entrance has a tower with four faces pointing on four directions and three headed elephants.

The Rolous

The Rolous group consists of the Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei temples. These temples were constructed during the 9th century far much earlier than Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Unlike the two, however, these temples are not built from sandstones. The first temple of the Rolous group which is Preah Ko was built from bricks. Its moat according to our guide was larger than all the other temples, but there was no more traces of such moat around the area any longer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Terrific view and rich in history
  • In a nutshell:A glance from the historic past of Khmer Empire
  • Last visit to Angkor Wat: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • asiantraveler's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    hey im going to visit cambodia this may and im soo excited to see ankor wat

  • Rastarigo's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    how many days is necessary to cover most of the temples?

  • elhombre30's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    this page is very helpful. i would like to go to cambodia too.

  • schurman23's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Thanks am-y, i strongly recommend you visit this place. Theres also much fun at night in Pub Street and there are other places of interest in Cambodia like pnompenh and sihanoukville. Unfortunately we just have a few days to spend in cambodia so we limit ourselves with just the temples.

  • am-y's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Very useful info and photos - I'm thinking of going to Cambodia too. Seems like there's not much to see/do besides visit the temples though.


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