Must-See Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

The largest religious monument in the world of Angkor Wat ranks high as Cambodia’s prime attraction. The ancient capital of Khmer Empire was built to replicate Mt.Sumeru, the sacred mountain of Hindu faith. Let discover the unmissable destination of Southeast Asia, the historical site of Buddhist-Hindu temples that was built as spiritual devotion. From the magnificent architectural of Angkor Wat, the nature-wonder that blended with the ancient temple beautifully of Ta Prohm, the artistic Khmer caving of Bayon and the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art in Banteay Srey Temple 

Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

1. Angkor Wat

Khmer empire capital city which flourished from the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor was a megacity supporting at least 0.1% of the global population during 1010-1220. The sunrise over Angkor Wat is one of most travelers bucket list. Temple gate will open at 5am, so please make sure to arrive early for better spot

 

Tips: You can book Angkor Wat sunrise tour from here. Most of the tours will include transportation and Angkor temples visit such as Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, and Bayon Temple

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2. Bayon Temple

Angkor Thom is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple that built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Bayon temple might look simple from the outside, but the modified buddha face from Buddhist to Hindu made a bold statement as one of the most beautiful temple caving in Angkor. A real charm Khmer has to offer
 


Tips:
Originally Bayon temple is a Buddhist temple but the Khmer empire reverted to Hinduism in the mid-13th century. Instead of cutting the statue heads, Khmer replaced and modified the head from Buddhist to Hindu, you can notice from the carving on the wall and the statues around the temple

 


3. Ta Prohm Temple

Famously known as the Tomb Raider temple as many scenes from the movie were filmed here in the Bayon style temple that was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Speaking of the nature that blended in with the historical site seamlessly, Ta Prohm will surely stand out from that list. The trees and massive roots are seen growing through the structure beautifully made it one of the most unique temples in the Angkor Park
 


4. Banteay Kdei Temple

The citadel of monks cells or a citadel of chambers is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. Situated southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. The ruin structure fell down beautifully as a fascinating maze. Banteay Kdei is one of the hidden gem and for some reasons it’s out of the beaten track for most tourists. Allow yourself to get lost in those chambers, the monastery that was active since construction from 12th century until 1960s


5. Ta Keo Temple

A temple-mountain of Ta Keo is possibly the first to be built entirely of sandstone by Khmers. You can barely see the details in the massive unfinished temple that has five sanctuary towers on the uppermost level. Climbing through the steep stairs or a-step pyramid can be challenging but rewarded with the view of surrounding temples
 


6. Neak Pean Temple

A circular artificial island that has four pools represent water, earth, fire, and air. Khmers believe that bathing in the pools would cure the diseases. Preah Khan temple or the hospital in ancient time located in the center of the island in Jayatataka Baray that was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century

 


7. Phnom Bakheng Temple

A Hindu and Buddhist temple mountain was built at the end of the 9th century during the reign of King Yasovarman that was dedicated to Shiva. At the base of 44 towers and 4 mains towers on the summit, Phnom Bakheng temple has five tiers with seven levels. Located high up from the ground, make it one of the best sunset spot in Siem Reap

 

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8. Banteay Srey Temple

A 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is one of the unmissable destinations in your Siem Reap travel guide list. The breathtaking beauty, intricate carving on the pinkish hue sandstone, almost every inches of the interior building is covered with three-dimensional finest stone carving. There is no doubt to position Banteay Srey Temple as jewel in the crown of Angkorian art

 


Tips:
Banteay Srey Temple located near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25km north-east of the main group that will take around 45mins drive. Remain one of the smallest sites in Angkor, but the beauty is speaking loudly than its size that will surely made you in awe. You can make a stop at the Cambodia Landmine Museum as it is half-way from the Angkor Park to Banteay Srey Temple

 


9. Pre Rup temple

A 10th century Hindu temple that dedicated to Shiva God located 1km south of Eastern Mebon is one of the best spot to watch sunset in Siem Reap. Rajendravarman II built this pyramid-shaped temple mountain with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five lotus towers. The temple also believed to be the place for the royal crematorium as Pre Rup means ‘Turning the Body’, which referring to the traditional method of cremation


10. Prasart Beng Mealea

Presumably built during the reign of King Suryavaraman II as Beng Mealea has the architectural style identical to Angkor Wat. Located faraway and isolated from other Angkor temples, only a few people have experienced this mysterious temple. Take a one hour drive to one of the most peaceful temple in Angkor that surrounded by dense jungle which make the place cool even in hot months


How To Visit Temples

Grab is widely used in Siem Reap, especially E-TukTuk that most people choose to hire to visit the temples. If you keen to drive, consider to rent a motorcycle or the healthier choice will be renting a bike and cycling around Angkor Park

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Tips:
Beware of the heat during the day, it can be very dry and hot. Biking around Angkor Park is convenience and easy as it’s close to the city and the road is well-maintain. But you might need to consider to rent a motorcycle or hire a TukTuk if you want to visit Prasat Beng Mealea, Kulen Mountain, Cambodia Landmine Museum, or Banteay Srei Temple

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