We spent some hours walking round this magnificent temple. Of course, the whole area of Siem Reap is just stunning, but the main attraction of Angkor Wat is amazing.
Some info from Wikipedia. Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. The temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Angkor Wat was dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
The Bayon temple is situated in what used to be the capital; Angkor Thom. The temple was built in the 12th – 13th century for Jayavarman VII and was the official state temple of the capital. The Bayon has a very baroque Khmer style when comparing with the more “classical” style of Angkor Wat. In this temple you will find a huge number of stone faces, they are all very detailed and it is truly stunning to walk around here.
This 10th century temple is just amazing. Come here and study the exact carvings and beautiful details everywhere. The temple, which is built in red sandstone, was built by a Yajnavaraha, a courtier and counsellor to the King at that time. There are a lot of depictions of the Hindu gods Siva and Vishnu here, but also a great deal of carvings of women, which may be the reason the temple is named “Citadel of the Women”.
Be aware, to get here you will probably sit in a tuk-tuk. The distance is some 25-30KM from “the other” temples of Angkor. But we surely found it worth it!
Just like Ta Prohm, the Preah Khan temple was built by/for Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. This temple is mostly flat in design and much unrestored, so there are trees and other vegetation growing through and around the actual temple. Just magic to walk around here and wonder how life actually was here some 1000 years earlier.
Ta Prohm, outside of Angkor in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, is one of the most amazing temples to visit, period. The temple, built from the 12th-13th century, in Bayon style, is kept almost untouched from restoration (even though restorations were ongoing in July 2012). It was founded by Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a buddist monastery and university.