Some facts of Angkor temples in Cambodia you didn’t know!
One of the world’s premier architectural sites, Angkor temples and monuments encompass an area of 40sqkm in north western Cambodia. These interesting facts of Angkor temples, will amaze you when you actually visit this place.
It is the only building that features on a national flag. It is the largest religious building in the world built by the Khmer empire. Its layout represents the entire world. It has a structure like Mount Meru in the centre. The central tower represents the summit. There are 4 courtyards depicting the continents and there is a moat that depicts the oceans.
Angkor Wat, a grand temple complex was built in 12th century.
Bayon is another beautiful and grand temple complex. Here you will find a lot of enigmatic smiling face structures constructed at the top of the temple. These structures also resemble the king’s face.
This place was abandoned in 14th century due to invasions on Khmer Kingdom by Thai kingdom and destruction. Later on, as a part of tourism, this place was re-discovered in 20th century.
As a matter of fact, this place is a national pride for Cambodians.
Above all, tourism is a vital part to the Cambodian economy. Angkor attracts millions of tourists every year making it the largest tourist destination in the country.
Let’s help those who are planning a visit these alluring facts of Angkor and ancient temples. Here are some quick help guide for you to begin with-
You can start your journey at the Ta Prohm Temple and then to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Witnessing sunset at Bakeng Mountain is a must. There are a lot of options from where you want to start, you can customize even. Don’t forget to read more about Angkor before starting your journey to visit them. You will be able to relate and appreciate the grandeur more.
- Best time to go– November to February
- Best hours to visit the temple – Early morning or lunch hours
- Time required to explore – Minimum 3 hours, three days is enough time to explore the complex.
- Opening hours of the site – 5:00 am
- Closing hours of the site – 5:30 pm
- Dress code – It’s a religious site, cover your shoulders and knees.
Siem Reap is closest where you can avail guides and good accommodations.
Be prepared to walk a lot, after all it’s a hugeeeee site to be explored.
Good shoes would surely help to climb easily here and there.
Regardless of weather, bring a lot of water along to keep yourself hydrated.
Booking a guide will help you in a better way to relate the grandeur and significance of this kingdom and temples.
You can also hire a car or bike for the number of days you want to explore the region.
Buy souvenirs from shops that are closer to temples than markets. You will save.
Hope this guide helps you make your travel plans better. Make sure to spend enough time at all the temples to fully realize the uniqueness of each one of them. In like manner, they are all special in their own way. And your trip won’t be complete until you become well acquainted with their uniqueness.