Angkor Wat Journals

Amazing Angkor

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A travel journal to Angkor Wat by dkm1981

Viewing Angkor From The Top Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: Angkor is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site in Cambodia that has been made famous in popular culture by Angelina Jolie and Tom Raider. But beyond the films, it is an amazing place with so much to see and do.
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===Introducing the Mighty Angkor===Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located close to Siem Reap in Cambodia and we were lucky enough to visit earlier this year. The city of temples combines together to make it the largest religious site in the world and you can see why even before you get there; any map of the 400 square kilometre site will give you a sense of the importance and significance of the place. Apparently it was home to over one million people back when London was city of only 10,000 people.The site fulfils a number of criteria that give it the UNESCO status, but mainly it is the fact that it contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire fr...Read More

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat

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Attraction | "Standing Tall"

Temple Complex of Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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==Angkor Wat== is the most famous and largest of the temples in the complex. It is the largest religious monument in the world and is a spectacular thing to see. It was actually the last temple we visited on the recommendation of our driver, because many people make a beeline for that first and so it is quieter in the afternoon. It is a very popular place to see either the sunrise or the sunset as well because the views are spectacular. Another reason to visit it last is that it is the biggest and probably most impressive temple of the lot and there is something to be said for saving the best until last.Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II as his state temple and...Read More

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Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
5.5 Km North of Siem Reap
Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Thom

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Attraction | "Faces Everywhere!"

Angkor Thom Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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==Bayon Temple== was one of my favourites of the visit because it was unique in design to me. It is in the centre of the Angkor Thom temple which is about a kilometre north of Angkor Wat. Your driver will take you through one of the gates first that are lined with statues that are human like to an extent, although they seem to be a rather comedic human all the same. Bayon Temple was built either in the late 12th or early 13th century and is very well maintained. It was built by King Jayavarman VII who was said to be a somewhat eccentric and egotistical king. Although the latter can be said for all of the kings in my opinion (just look at the sheer size of the temples they built for themsel...Read More

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Angkor Thom
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

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Attraction | "Running Wild"

Ta Prohm Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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==Ta Prohm== was my absolute favourite of all the temples in the complex and is probably the one that most people have heard of and recognise thanks to its appearance in the Tomb Raider films and some popular computer games. It is the one where you get to feel like Indiana Jones exploring unchartered territory more than any of the other temples in the complex.Ta Prohm has been left to suffer the consequences of nature and, as a result, there are huge trees poking up throughout it. It is really quite something to see because there are parts where the trees seem to fall over the sides of the temple walls like blamanche, it really is an example of nature fighting back against humans....Read More

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Ta Prohm
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Tips For Enjoying Angkor

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Viewing Angkor From The Top Photo, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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===Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Visit===*Remember Angkor is a massively religious building so give consideration to your clothing. When you are inside a temple, you must have your knees and shoulders covered at all times. I took a thin cardigan to wear over my vest top, which you are allowed to wear between temples. I’d recommend loose fitting trousers rather than a skirt because it’ll be more comfortable for climbing up and down things and you can’t go to the summit of Angkor what with a skirt on. Make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes.*There are literally hundreds of food stalls and gift shops outside all of the major temples, so you don’t need to bother bringing foo...Read More

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dkm1981

dkm1981
Blackburn, United Kingdom