Monday, June 30, 2014

The amazing temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Angkor in Cambodia is one of the best tourist destinations and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.  It has the largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Wat.

When I was kid, I’m really fascinated on the picture of Angkor Wat. I can't imagine how the people of Cambodia created these wonderful archaeological buildings. The impressive monuments and countless sculptural decorations of each temple are really amazing.

Angkor Archaeological Park was built in the 12th century by the king of the prosperous Khmer empire, that contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. It includes famous Temple of Angkor Wat, Angkor Tho,  Bayon Temple, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm. The park is located in northern-province of Siem Reap, about 200 miles from the capital of Phnom Penh and extends over approximately 400 square kilometres. 

Inside the park, you can see lots of temples, hydraulic structures (waterways, canals, dykes, etc, trees, communication routes, among others. You will also see Buddhist monks who are wearing bright orange robes.

Each temple offers a different sight-seeing experience. I’m so amazed on the arrangement of stone carving. It's very unique and detailed. One of the temples that caught my attention is the Angkor Wat. Known as the "temple city", Angkor Wat is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, established in 1992. It is the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved.

According to history, Angkor Wat was built as a royal temple dedicated to a Hindu deity. The temple was also a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death.

The grand design of the  “lost city” of Angkor attracts of millions of tourists around the world, which put the temple in seven wonders of the world.

What I suggest to you guys, If you want to see the incredible beauty of Angkor Wat, visit the spot as early in the morning, so you can witness the wonderful sunrise behind the temple.The sunset in the park is awesome too.

Angkor Passes are sold in one-day ($20), three-day ($40) and seven-day ($60) blocks that must be used on consecutive days. You can purchase the ticket at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat. Photo taken on the spot with free of charge is required at time of purchase. Always carry your ticket. 

The best way to go Angkor is by Tuk tuk, a Southeast Asian version of a vehicle known elsewhere as an auto rickshaw or cabin cycle. It can be arranged through guesthouses. Figure on around USD15 – USD20 for the main Angkor temples, and more for outlying temples. You can also take motorbikes, bicycles, horse carriage, cars with drivers and tour buses.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM.

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