Ruines d' Angkor Travel Guide
Detail of Temple Ta Phrom
Srah Srang Reservoire at Sunrise
The Jungle at Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm - The Temple Swallawed by the Jungle
Ta Phrom is, with Angkor Wat and the Bayon, one the most-celebrated temples of Angkor, definitely a must-see site as part of the trilogy above. If Angkor Wat impresses by the grandeur of its architecture, and the Bayon does it by its enigmatic symbolism, Ta Phrom impresses...
The Bayon - The Temple of the Face-towers
Broadly known as "The temple of the face-towers", the Bayon is one of the most enigmatic and astonishing Angkor monuments, rivaling in greatness with Angkor Wat. While Angkor Wat impresses with its majesty and geometrical perfection, the Bayon does it with its feeling of...
Angkor Wat is the biggest religious building in the world. It is bigger than any other temple in Asia, the Great Pyramid in Egypt or St. Peter’s in Rome. It is the grandest of all Khmer temples and, in its heydays, the complex was a city in its own right.Angkor Wat was built...
Style and Dedication:One of the earlier temples, Banteay Samre was originally a Hindu sanctuary and followed the same architectural style as Angkor Wat, albeit obviously on a smaller scaleBuilder:Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early to mid 12th century (although...
Style and Dedication:Ta Prohm was built as a Mahayana Buddhism temple and university and as such is another one of the 'flat temples', with 5 retaining walls encircling a central sanctuary. Some of the structures have collapsed due to erosion/vegetation, but the layout is...
Style and Dedication:The temple is a Mahayana Buddhism sanctuary, but with smaller shrines to Hindu deities around the main sanctuary as well (for a total of over 400 gods and goddesses). Rectangular galleries, courtyards and corridors around the main sanctuary make this a...
Style and Dedication:One of the temples that was built as a Mahayana Buddhism temple/monastery straight away, the building is in the Bayon style with Angkor Wat influences (or vice versa, but personally I saw more of Bayon in it)Builder:Jayavarman VII, in late 12th-early...
Style and Dedication:As with many temples in Angkor area, the main deity here is the Hindu god Shiva, but it also honours the parents of the king. Style is similar to that of Pre Rup, and it is also a Mount Meru rappresentation.Builder:King Rajendravarman, in the 10th...
Style & Dedication:Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale, and featured all the same elements that have later come to characterise te temple mountain style (i.e., moats surrounding the pyramid).Builder:Started by...
Builder:Kavindrarimathana, who was a minister during the reign of Rajendravarman II. It did not survive in its original shape though, having been modified by one of the most prolific builders - Jayavarman VII.Description:Not a temple this time around, but a reservoir of...
Style and Dedication:Temple-mountain, representation of Mount Meru, which was surrounded by a moat representing an ocean. The principal deity of the temple is Shiva.Builder:Rajendravarman, around year 960 ADDescription:As with Ta Keo, there are five towers on the on the top...
Style and Dedication:Temple-mountain in Khleang style, representation of Mount Meru, which was surrounded by a moat representing an ocean. The principal deity of the temple is Shiva.Builder:Jayavarman V, around year 1000 CEDescription:The temple, possibly the first to be...
Banteay Kdei: The Eastern Gate
Walking through the the compound of Banteay Kdei, we followed the dirt path that led us towards the east gate. Looking pass the gate was a elongated structure known as Sra Srang - an artificial lake that would have been a lovely place to relax during the era of Jayavarman...
Banteay Kdei: Great Symmetry
Walking through a couple of carved doorways, I realised that it was a straight path with many doors in front of my path. It might not be anything special but it sure makes a lovely picture in terms of symmetry.
Banteay Kdei: Nice Solid Window
Check out the interesting stone windows with devatas carved out on either side. Also, the carved-out windows really look like a big picture frame. You can stick your face through it to have that specially framed picture.
Banteay Kdei: The Untouched Temple
Smack in between Ta Prohm and Sras Srang, Banteay Kdei is one of the more derelict temples in the Angkor region. Many stones lay around, and also, the stones forming the walkway are may not have been properly laid.But this temple is a true temple of "As it is". This may have...
Hiring a Taxi
The Angkor complex is quite far from Siem Reap hotels themselves, a – given the heat – the best way to get there is to hire a taxi. I've hired one for the duration of the stay, at about USD30 per day (plus the tip at the end). You can either arrange your own or have your hotel arrange one.
The complex itself is vast, and the easiest way to get around is, again, the rental taxi. The easiest if to hire the taxi for the day when arranging transportation from Siem Reap to the complex in the morning – or even your entire duration. Otherwise on the busier days it might be a challenge to find a taxi to take you between the more remote of the temples
The driver will wait for you at each of the temples and then take you to the following one. This would allow you to explore 3 to 5 temples a day, without over-stretching yourself. The driver can also advise you on when it's best to visit individual temples as at least mine was familiar with when the bigger groups would come and go.
Updated Apr 25, 2011
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Beautiful Begging Kids
You will often be surrounded by sweet and beseeching children, begging for you to buy things or to just give them money. They are lurking in the most unlikely places. Their English is great and its very difficult to say no.
Written Nov 6, 2004
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Style & Dedication:Stepped pyramid structure in brick, Ak Yum is probably the first example of the temple-mountain style. Inscriptions indicate that a temple dedicated to the Hindu ‘god of the depths’ was previously located on the same spot.Builder:First started in the...
Builder:Built during the reign of Jayavarman VII.Description:Just north of Neak Pean, Krol Ko is a small temple with a single central tower surrounded by two walls. There are some interesting carvings with columns, apsaras and garudas, in particular along the enclosure wall....
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