Best Temples In Cambodia
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About Temples Guide In Cambodia
Cambodia is still a home to the people of Khmer ethnicity, and most of the famous Cambodia temples owe their origin to the flourishing Khmer empire of the medieval times, between the centuries 9th and 12th. No one truly knows exactly how many temples in Cambodia did they build. More than 2,000 sites have been unearthed and identified ever since excavations begun and there are records of at least 2,000 more. It is safe to say that Cambodia is an abode to innumerable ancient and astonishing architectures of both Hindu and Buddhist styles.
Here are the best edifices built in Cambodia temple history.
1. Angkor Wat
The moniker itself is an explanation to why this is the most important among the temples of Angkor. The whole archaeological part is named after Angkor, and it has its presence on the national flag of Cambodia. Khmer ruler Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in honour of his God, the preserver of Hinduism, Lord Vishnu. The Angkor temple is made up of five concentric rectangular walls and surrounded my moats symbolizing a cosmic chain of mountains and oceans. It is said that the central spire represents Mount Meru or Kailash, the centre of universe in Buddhism or Hinduism.
2. The Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are located almost adjacent to each other, a few metres away. Angkor Thom is the grand city built by King Jayavarman II in late 12th century. The old capital of Yasodharapura was destroyed by Champas, who he defeated and made Angkor Thom the state capital of Khmer. There were a couple of old temples already standing in the premise. But he created his own royal state temple, the Bayon, at the centre of the city. The Angkor Thom temple has massive faces of Buddha and Hindu gods and goddesses on its edifice – an exemplary architecture of the harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism.
3. Preah Khan
Preah Khan is another construction of King Jayavarman, which he built after defeating the invaders, right in the spot where he defeated the last of them. What remains of it includes a series of successive rectangular galleries surrounding a Buddhist sanctuary for worship. However, it was also used for education in Buddhism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Inside there is a towering central spire with 4 ornate carvings, resembling the Angkor Thom Bayon architecture.
4. Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm is undoubtedly one of the most famous temples of Cambodia. In spite of grander presences like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, this one has an appeal of its own. The tentacle-like roots of gigantic trees embracing the temple structure and leaves casting a greenish shadow all-over the ramparts – gives Ta Prohm an ethereal, transcendental ambience.
5. Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei or the Temple of Women is called the art gallery of Angkor. Considered to be among the top 10 temples of Cambodia, this temple is unique because it was built by an advisor instead of the Khmer ruler himself and dedicated to the Hindu God in around early 9th century. The pink sandstone walls of Banteay Srei depict stories from many Hindu mythological tales and epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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Cambodia offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to the tourists. They also serve Asian food. The food is not so spicy.
Cambodia is a very nice place, and it is safe to travel alone. But, it is always better to take the necessary precautions.
Yes, many Cambodians speak English, and they are very warm people. One can find English-speaking Cambodians everywhere.
The currency of Cambodia is Riel. However, credit cards are accepted in many places, and ATM’s are available almost everywhere.
The best time to visit Cambodia is during the cool winter months from November to February when the temperature dips down to 20°C.
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