Angkor Wat Cambodia

January 11, 2014 No Comments »

Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple, built in the first half of XII century in the capital of the ancient Khmer empire. The temple reflects the classic style of the Khmer architecture and it has the honor to be depicted on Cambodia’s national flag. The outer wall of Angkor Wat is 3.6 kilometers long. There are three rectangular buildings, each rising higher than the previous one. There are three towers in the center. Angkor Wat is the photographer’s dream with breathtaking views during the sunrise.

Angor Wat temple Siem Reap Cambodia

The Angkor Wat temple

Bayon temple which is part of Angkor Tham was built in the second half of XII and the beginning of XIII century by King Jayavarman VII. The temple was built in the heart of the most prosperous and the last capital of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom. The temple is richly decorated with bass reliefs that express stories of the everyday life. It is famous for the huge stone deities, that are raising high above the temple buildings.

Bayon temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Bayon Temple

The Elephant terrace is part of the Angkor Thom complex. The 350 meter terrace was used by King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which the people were welcoming the victorious return of the army and was also used when performing number of ceremonies.

The Elephant terrace Siem Reap Cambodia

The Elephant Terrace

Phra Kan is located in the northeast of Angor Thom. The majority of the temple is still not restored and visitors still see various trees and other plants that are growing among the ruins. This temple was build to commemorate King Jayavarman’s victory over the Camilija in 1191.

Phra Kan temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Phra Kan temple

Neak Pean is a Buddhist temple built on an artificial island. Its name derives from the snake sculptures surrounding the temple building.According to some historians this place embodies the mythical lake in the Himalayas that was said to posses healing waters.

Neak Pean temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Neak Pean temple

Ta Prohm , originally named Rayaviara, was built in the second half of XII and in the beginning of XIII century by King Jayavarman VII. The complex was used as a Buddhist monastery and a university. After the collapse of the Khmer Empire in XV century, Ta Prohm was abandoned. The first restoration attempts of the temple date from XX century.

Ta Prohm temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Ta Prohm temple

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