Angkor, located in Cambodia, is an amazing historical civilization full of archaeological wonders. This is where the Khmer Empire called home during the 9th century all the way through the 15th century.
People currently live in Angkor today who are related to those that lived in the ancient civilization during the Khmer Empire. There are plenty of ancient temples to explore and other historically significant features to see, including canals, basins, water reservoirs, and old communication routes used.
The world-famous temples, especially Angkor Wat, are the main spectacle that visitors and pilgrims travel from far and wide to see.
Angkor Wat, still in use today, is the most famous temple in Angkor that was built by the ancient rulers to be the largest center for religion in the world.
They wanted to build something grander than anyone else ever had. Surrounded completely by a moat, Angkor Wat is considered by many to be heaven on earth with its intricate reliefs and heavenly nymphs carved in the building and with its main tower that stretches up into the sky.
The Bayon Temple
The Bayon Temple, known as the temple of faces, was built in the 12th century as a state temple specifically for King Jayavarman VII. With 54 towers and more than 200 huge faces depicted with smiles, this temple has very unique architecture and reliefs. With the best views in the morning, heads and faces stare into the space where visitors stand, giving the illusion of being watched.
Ta Prohm, built in 1186, is another famous temple in Angkor which has been slightly taken over by the nearby jungle, giving it the appearance that it had when the temple was first discovered. This Buddhist temple has information scribed into the walls about who lived there and maintained the temple, close to 80,000 people. Ta Prohm was made famous by the movie “Tomb Raider,” and is full of towers, courtyards, and walkways to explore.
Banteay Srei first started being built in 967 and is made from a pink stone. Even though this is one of the smallest temples in Angkor, it contains very detailed carvings that have been treasured through time. Banteay Srei has multiple exquisite libraries and 3 main towers to see with women holding lotus flowers carved onto the walls.
3 sites in this World Heritage
- Banteay Srei