Siem Reap, Cambodia

Must Go Siem Reap

In recent years, the tourism industry in Siem Reap has developed rapidly. The remnant of the Angkor relics, the perfect combination of the Khmer dynasty and Hinduism, has made this a paradise of palaces, temples, castles and food.

Angkor Wat

Cambodia Attractions

Angkor Wat is a collective name for the Angkor ancient monuments. It is located 6 kilometers north of downtown Siem Reap and is known as one of the four great wonders of the ancient East. The shape of Angkor Temple has also become a symbol of Cambodia printed on the national flag.

It was once the capital of the Khmer kingdom. During the Angkor dynasty, a large number of palaces and temples were built. After the inasion of the Siamese dynasty (now Thailand), the Khmer people were forced to abandon the Angkor was gradually The jungle covers up. In the 1860s, the mysterious Angkor Wat was discovered again by the French, and cleaning and restoration work has been going on since then. Movies such as Tomb Raider and Mood for Love have also been filmed here.

The layout of Angkor’s historic buildings is symmetrical, combining the two basic elements of Khmer temple architecture – altars and cloisters; megalithic carvings are everywhere, especially reliefs are the essence, as well as mysterious and peaceful smiles Buddha statues are very ornamental. Among the more than 600 existing monuments, in addition to the many buildings in Angkor Wat and Tongwang City, Bakheng Mountain, Ta Prohm Temple, and the Queen’s Palace are also famous.

From November to April, Siem Reap has a cooler northeast monsoon with an everage temperature of 25°C-32°C, which is most suitable for travel. It takes a relatively long time to visit a huge scenic spot. It is recommended to spend 3 days or more to feel this miracle carefully.

 

Address :
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Phone :
+855 63 764 444

Operating Hours :
Monday – Saturday  7.00 am – 9.00pm
Sunday  12.00pm – 11.59pm

Bayon Temple

Mystery Smile Temple Cambodia

Bayon Temple is the denter of Tongwang City (the Grat Angkor). It was built at the end of the 12th century and is the temple built by King VII. Here you not only can find the famous “Khmer smile” but also the rich and vivid reliefs on the cloister.

Many people choose to go to the Bayon Temple to watch the sunrise in the morning which is the most crowded time but people doesn’t know that sunset also will impress you.

The entire Bayon Temple is divided into three floors. The lower two floors are built in square. The walls of the cloister are engraved with reliefs. The top floor is round and erected with large and small stupas. There are originally 49, but now left 37. The largest stupa in the middle is about 40 meters high, and the others are surrounded by stars like the moon.

The wooden porch was originally built on the porch of more than 100 meters, but now only the wreckage and huge stone pillars can be seen. On the walls of the existing cloisters, you can see very rich reliefs. The inner layers are mainly myths and religious stories, such as the image of the Milky Sea and Vishnu, and the outer layer is based on real life. The people live in a hundred ways, the scenery of Tonle Sap and so on. These vivid reliefs seem to be telling a long story, a precious historical monument that must be seen.

Visit the cloister and climb the stupa. The tops of these pagodas are engraved with huge four-faced Buddhas. The four sides of the Buddha statue represent mercy, sorrow, joy and home, and they all have a serene smile. Look closely, you will find that these smiles have subtle differences, and the slightly upturned corners of the mouth can not tell whether it is tolerance or ridicule, as if hiding secrets that the world can never understand. And this is the “Khmer smile” that makes Angkor Wat famous in the world.

Address :
Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phone :
+855 12 229 884

Operating Hours :
6.00 am – 17.00 pm

Banteay Srei

The Queen’s Palace is located near Lichee Mountain, about 21 kilometers northeast of Tongwang City. It is one of the most unique and exquisite buildings in Angkor’s monuments. It is famous for its bright colors and exquisite reliefs, and is known as “Angkor Art Gem”. Banteay Srei means “woman’s castle”, which is supposed to be constructed and carved by women.

Its walls, columns, sills and othe architectural surfaces are almost completely covered by embossing, with no gaps. These embossed shapes are sleek and round, and the lines are slim and feminine. The elegant posture of the fairy Apsara is particularly attractive, and it is the same as the Abu Dhabi relief of Angkor Wat.

With the high reputation of the Queen’s Palace, it is a must-see for the “outer day tour of Angkor Wat”. There are many tourists every day, especially in the morning. It is recommended to leave early in the morning and it is more appropriate to visit before the tour group arrives; or come in the evening and enjoy th enice scenery. At 9:10am and 2:00pm and before 2pm, it is the golden time to take pictures. It will be more quite during noon but weather very hot.

Address :
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phone :
+855 93 633 030

Operating Hours :
5.00 am – 7.00 pm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm Old Tree Cambodia

The Ta Prohm Temple, also known as the “Tabu Temple”, is located on the east side of Angkor Wat. It was built in 1186 by the King of Khmer VII, and is called as “mother temple”. It is made up of large stones. It used to be a temple with stilts, priests and dancers. It ha sthe dual functions of temples and monasteries, but it has been invaded by tropical trees that grow up like time, like python-like roots. Full of temples and deep into the building, the internatl stone towers and walls collapsed. The original building became a “maze” due to the intertwinning of gravel and plants. This unique natural humanistic wonder has also become the location for the film “Tomb Raider”.

Ind addition to the wonderful scenery that blends with the trees, the Ta Prohm temple itself is also very beautiful, especially the various sculptures are worth watching. It has 4 porches and the main hall faces the east. On the outer wall of the East Gate, the patron saint holding the mace and the stupa above the head is carved. From here, it will pass through the “Dancer’s Promenade”, and the top of the promenade is a floating and romantic fairy relief. The temple was entrenched and not refurbished by the big tree. The goddess of wisdom was adorned (formed by the image of the mother of the king), and the dome was a delicate lotus pattern.

 

Address :
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phone :
+855 12 406 929

Operating Hours :
24 hours

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom Cambodia

Tongwang City is also called the Great Angkor and Angkor City. It is the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It has been destroyed many times in the war and has been rebuilt several times. It is the “heart” of the Angkor monuments, with a population of millions at its peak. Today, the moat bridge, the city gate of the ancient city, and the remains of the Bayon Temple, Bapong Temple, and the Sky Palace in the city are the main attractions.

The entire city of Tongwang is square, with a perimeter of 14 kilometers and a moat that is 100 meters wide. There are 5 gates in the city, and there are four-faced Buddha statues on the top. There is also a bridge across the moat. The south gate and the north gate are the daily passages of the people. The east gate is used for funeral. The west gate is the criminals. These four doors lead to the Bayon Temple in the the center of the city. The East Gate was one of the location that filmed “Tom Raider”, and there is a “Victory Gate” on the north side of the East Gate that leads directly to the Royal palace, dedicated to the King and the Triumph Army.

 

Address :
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap 17259

Website :
www.angkorthomcambodia.com

Operating Hours :
6.00 am – 5.00 pm

Suor Prat Tower

The Zodiac Tower is also called the Twelve Towers. It is located in Tongwang City and has twelve small towers. It is called the Zodiac Tower because the towers are carved with different animals, similar to the Chinese zodiac.

Entering from the Victory Gate to the north of the  East Gate of Tongwang City, you walk straight along the road to the front of the battle elephant. The shrubs in the opposite tree are the Zodiac Tower. For many tourists, it is often here. You can take a trip after the tour of the stairs.

The twelve red clay towers lined up in a row are abstract in shape, and after years of stromy weather, they don’t see what the animal carvings above look like. In fact, there have been controversies about the use of the Zodiac Tower. Some say it is used to imprison and judge prisoners (using snakes to identify criminals), some say to guard the central square of Tongwangcheng, by pulled up wire and cable bridge to allow artist perform the show for the king.

 

Address :
Suor Prat Tower, Siem Reap

Operating Hours :
7.00 am – 6.00 pm

Old Market

Old Market Siem Reap

The center of Siem Reap citizens and tourists activities is the old market, located near to the Siem Reap River. It’s common to come to Siem Reap to buy souvenirs, but other souvenirs are basically foreigners. The price is not cheap but you can always bargain if you intend to buy.

 

Address :
Old Market Area, Street 09, Krong Siem Reap

Phone :
+855 96 536 2222

Operating Hours :
8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Pub Street

Pub Street Cambodia

In the crowded old town of Siem Reap, next to the old market is a bar street “Pub street” where foreigners are lingering. As the name suggests, there are many bars on this street, just like the traditional bars, they also have the function of a arestaurant. During the day, you can eat at the resturants in the street and get a drink at one of the bar along the street while experience the unique nightlife of Siem Reap.

The bar street is very lively, with the exception of bars, bookstores selling English books and postcards, and some handicraft shops. 

 

Address :
Street 08, Krong Siem Reap

Phone :
+855 63 964 242

Operating Hours :
24 hours

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