Amazing Temples in Siem Reap You Must Visit

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Here is the list of 9 Amazing Temples in Siem Reap You Must Visit

1. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat
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In Northern Cambodia lies one of the largest monuments in the world. Angkor Wat is a treasured Buddhist temple and the allure of the Angkor Archaeological Park. Located 6 kilometres north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is considered as the gateway to the ruins of Angkor. This temple is a national icon and source of pride for Cambodia, and is also proudly displayed on the national flag.

Timings : 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

Time Required : You can explore the temple and the surrounding area in a day. It will take around 2-3 days to explore the whole park apart from Angkor Wat at a slow pace.

Entry Fee : 1-Day: USD 37 for a day pass 3-Days: USD 62 valid for ten days 7-Days: USD 72 valid for one month

2. Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

Bayon is a famous temple in Siem Reap which vies with Angkor Wat another top tourists spot. It is located in the centre of the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. Bayon temple is the only Buddhist shrine in the Angkor region which is otherwise dominated by Hindu temples. The central characteristic elements of Bayon temple are huge smiling faces made of large blocks of stone on 37 towers adorning all the four sides. Initially, there were 216 stone faces on 54 towers, out of which around 200 remain today. These rock faces are also nicknamed Mona Lisa of Asia, thanks to the charismatic smiles.

3. Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm is one of the prominent temples in Siem Reap in Cambodia. It is popularly known as the 'Tomb Raider Temple' because of its appearance in the Tomb Raider movie. Unlike other structures, Ta Prohm has been left in the same condition in which it was found. It is surrounded by thick jungle, making you feel as if you have come to a lost world. Massive roots of Banyan and Kapok trees, which are hundreds of years old, carpet the temple premises masking the Bas reliefs. Many shrubs, creepers and moss conceal most of the temple corridors making them impassable, which gives an ethereal look to the temple. It is one of the places in Siem Reap where nature conquered its place from humans in history.

4. Preah Khan Temple

Preah Khan Temple

Preah Khan is one of the last remaining remote structures in Siem Reap in Cambodia. Khmer King Jayavarman VII built it, and he dedicated this structure to his father, Dharanindravarman. Located about 2km from the dynasty's capital Angkor Thom, this massive complex is spread over more than 55 hectares, serving as a monastery and a learning centre for Buddhist monks. The growth of dense forests around the complex combines with the rich ruins, making Preah Khan one of the most visited attractions in Angkor park.

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5. Pre Rup

Pre Rup

Pre Rup is one of the oldest structures, located south of East Baray in Siem Reap in Cambodia. King Rajendravarman II built this mountain temple in 961 AD. It was the capital and also a state temple during his reign. A temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, it is popular among tourists for the gorgeous sunset views.

6. Bantea Samre

Bantea Samre

Banteay Samre is an Angkorian temple located close to the East Baray off the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. This Hindu temple is known for its elegantly carved temple towers, bas-reliefs, the interior moat comprising of beautiful statues and the views of the structure in the sunset. It is definitely worth visiting Banteay Samre if you have time for its magnificent location amidst green rice and paddy fields within the local village while traveling in Siem Reap.

Timings : 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Time Required : 2 to 3 hours

7. Bakong Temple

Bakong Temple

Bakong is a popular Angkorian temple-mountain located in the Rolous area close to Siem Reap city in Cambodia. It is the first temple mountain or step pyramid structure of the Khmer period, dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The largest of all the temples in Rolous, this ancient monument is famous for its unique five-tier central pyramids, eight intricately carved temple towers and bas-reliefs depicting the architectural brilliance of the Khmer period. It is one of the top Angkorian ruins visited by travelers exploring Siem Reap.

Timings : 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Time Required : 2 to 3 hours

8. Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom, located in Angkor archaeological park in Siem Reap in Cambodia, is an ancient walled city. It was the capital town of Khmer dynasty for over 400 years. King Jayavarman VII, the greatest Khmer emperor, constructed Angkor Thom after defeating the Cham rulers and coming to power. Angkor Thom was discovered along with the rest of the area in the 18th century, after being hidden from the world for many centuries.

Time Required : You can explore the temple and the surrounding area in a day. It will take around 2-3 days to explore the whole park apart from Angkor Wat at a slow pace.

9. Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

One of the most popular attractions in all of Cambodia, the 10th Century temple Banteay Srei is located in the province of Angkor in North West Cambodia. The temple is known as a precious gem among all the temples and is described as a jewel of Khmer architecture. It is also significant as it is a major temple not built by a ruling king. Banteay Srei was built with the purpose of sole dedication and honouring of the God Shiva of the Hindu religion. Compared to other Angkor temples in the area in terms of size, it is quite minimal. But the lack of size is compensated by the high level of detail in all of the carvings in the temple.

Time Required : You can explore the temple and the surrounding area in a day.

This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer

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