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"Angkor Wat" Phumi Siem Reab Things to Do Tip by cheezecake_deli

Phumi Siem Reab Things to Do: 154 reviews and 317 photos

  Angkor Wat at dusk
by cheezecake_deli

Angkor Wat is one of the most important Angkorian monuments, built in the 12th century by Suryavarman II and consecrated to the Hindu god Vishnu. In the 13th century, it was changed to a Buddhist temple by Jayavarman VII as part of his religious revolution. Surrounded by a 200-metre wide moat and comprising four enclosures, it occupies an area of 2 square kilometres. The complex is approached from the west (unusually) via a 350-metre long causeway. The temple is topped by 5 corn-cob-shaped towers, which appear to change colour according to sunlight. Many visitors return to see Angkor Wat at dawn – waiting in pitch-black darkness for the sun to rise, surrounded by hundreds of whispering tourists, remains quite a surreal experience for me (though somewhat over-rated).

Address: Angkor Archaeological Park
Directions: 3 km north of Siem Reap town centre.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2007
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