Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Archaeological Park Siem Reap Province , Siem Reap

What is the Phenomenon of Angkor Wat?

„The architecture of Angkor has inspired architects, artists, travelers and dreamers from around the world”. The mysterious ruins of Angkor, the capital of the once powerful Khmer empire, have long fascinated and attracted people from all over the world. Lost for hundreds of years in a tropical jungle and rediscovered for the world in the nineteenth century. The ancient city is a testament to the development, splendor, and aftermath of a splendid civilization. In the course of its glory, the city was inhabited by up to a million people and its infrastructure, including roads and canals, spread over 1,000 square kilometers! Angkor is a testament to the engineering genius of its designers and builders, and to the fact that people living in Cambodia a thousand years ago have had a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the nature and processes in it. Despite the continual erosion and plunder, Angkor Wat remains strikingly beautiful and amazes us with its splendor. The complex suffered greatly during the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79) - on the ancient walls until today bullet holes can be seen.

The Best Temples

The most famous temples of the complex next to Angkor Wat are Bayon and Ta Prohm. The first draws attention with 216 stone faces that look at the visitors from 54 towers. The other one has been made famous by Hollywood. Picturesque ruins with roots and branches of trees have become a scene for Lara Croft's adventures. It was here that Tomb Raider was shot with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. Also visit lesser known and further temples such as Preah Khan. You can escape from the crowds of tourists and find quiet, charming corners.

How to Get there and Tickets

The ruins of Angkor are about 7 km away from the city. A tuk-tuk ride on both sides is about 10-15 dollars. One-day entry costs $ 20, but it's worth taking a few visits there. There are three types of tickets: a weekly admission card (around 60USD), a three-day ticket (USD 40) and a one-day ticket (USD 20). It's better not to go to Angkor Wat at noon - it's very hot. [thim-turtla-1 items="3" title="" primary_color_drop="" primary_color="" data="post_type:poi|by_id:4941,5049,4940"]

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