A Glimpse of Angkor Temples
Angkor Wat is an ancient city in Cambodia which was the center of Khmer civilization that once reigned all over Cambodia and some parts of Vietnam and China. It is a temple complex nestled over 400 square kilometers north of Cambodia and is home to over 1,000 temples dating between the 9th and 15th centuries. The most popular are the Temple of Angkor Wat, which is considered as the largest religious site in the world, Angkor Thom, which is a smaller temple complex and is known for its impressive gates, the Bayon Temple with its countless and stunning wall carvings and Ta Prohm which features humongous trees that have grown over the ruins and is known as the “Angelina Jolie” temple. The Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO Heritage site welcomes about 2 million tourists each year, so expect massive crowds at the temple ruins. The complex may be packed with tourists but it is still breathtaking to see especially its ancient beauty. Browse through these photos that will make you want to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia – the site of Angkor Wat.
Angkor Temples: 20 Photos That Will Make You Visit Cambodia
The spectacular temple of Angkor Wat with its five iconic towers rising high above the surrounding jungle is the main attraction of the Angkor Wat Complex. Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking.
Ta Phrom: Angelina Jolie Temple
Ta Prohm is undeniably the most atmospheric and one of the most visited temples in Angkor. It features gigantic trees growing out of the ruins. If you feel like being an explorer even just for a day and would like to experience an Indiana Jones moment, this temple is definitely for you!
Angkor Thom: The Walled City
Angkor Thom is known as the walled royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. There are five gates to the city and each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces. Temples such as Bayon and Baphuon are situated inside the walled city of Angkor Thom.
Baphuon is a single sanctuary temple-mountain situated on a high base and was dedicated to Shiva. This temple is located in the walled city of Angkor Thom and is located 200 meters northwest of the Bayon.
The Bayon temple highlights over 200 massive stone faces looking in all directions. The smiling faces are believed to be a portrait of king Jayavarman VII himself or a combination of him and Buddha. Moreover, stunning, fine wall carvings can also be seen at this temple. The fact that these carvings have survived from centuries ago is really surprising.
Preah Khan Temple
Like the nearby Ta Prohm temple, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees growing among the ruins. This temple was once a Buddhist and a Hindu temple. When it was converted into a Hindu temple, all the Buddha statues were all taken out which can been noticed around the temple.
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