Places To Visit In Siem Reap
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Tourist Places In Siem Reap
The temple of Angkor Wat is the main reason why Cambodia gets hundreds of travelers every season, and Siem Reap is the perfect stepping stone on the way towards the temple. This beautiful resort-town located in the northwest of Cambodia is in itself quite a treat, and people have started to appreciate that of late. So, Siem Reap not only gets the Angkor Wat enthusiasts but thrives with a whole lot of tourists wanting to explore its own treasure trove.
Here are the different places to visit in Siem Reap. Though Angkor Wat still tops the list, there are other, lesser known places as well.
1. Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat Temple stands as the main structure within the largest religious complex in the world. Built in dedication to Lord Vishnu initially by Khmer King Suryavarman, the temple was later transformed into a Buddhist shrine by the end of 12th century. The French explorer who first discovered the site for the knowledge of the modern world describes it as something grander than the Greek or Roman architectures, which already explains the magnificence of Angkor Wat fortified with thick walls, protected by a moat and shrouded with a wild mystery. This temple is the topmost attraction in the Angkor Archaeological Park and also the emblem of the country. Angkor Wat has its place right in the middle of the Cambodian flag.
2. Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple
Angkor Thom was the flourishing capital city of the Khmer ruler Jayavarman VII. It lies to the north of Angkor Wat and has several temples and monuments that bear marks of his Mahayana Buddhism faith. The Bayon temple is the most famous one of the lot, with 216 gargantuan faces of the Avalokiteshwara manifestation of Buddha. The extraordinary bas-reliefs attract tourists from far and near to witness the grandeur of Angkor Thom and Bayon temple with their own eyes.
3. Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm looks exactly like an ancient site out of an Indiana Jones movie – with ages-old secrets hidden within its crumbling walls, somehow held together by the entwining, muscular tree-roots. In fact, it was used as a location for the movie Tomb Raider. Because of its one-of-a-kind visual appeal as well for the spine-chilling atmosphere, Ta Prohm is a must-see on every Siem Reap traveler’s checklist.
4. Angkor National Museum
While a visit to the temples will give a perfect visual image of some of the greatest and grandest temples of the world, the museum will help understand their history and architecture better. Angkor National Museum will help one wrap their head around the Angkorian past, Khmer and the other different empires, their affiliations to Hinduism and Buddhism and their culture surrounding the temples they built. There are informative board, artifacts on display and audio-visual presentations for better understanding.
5. Landmine Museum and School
A little bit away from the heart of the town, the Landmine Museum and School is a completely different type of site than the temples and old cities – but certainly worth it. It tells the stories of Cambodia that none wants to tell, nor does anyone want to hear – the tales of war and bloodshed left behind by the Khmer Rouge forces and Vietnamese forces. It highlights the efforts going on at the borders where there are still landmines under the ground causing mishaps every other day. Founded by a former soldier Aki Ra, it is a place of reflection and contemplation about the place one has come to travel. There is also a Child Relief Centre for the locals where one can contribute.
These were some of the top tourist attractions in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat In Siem Reap
The largest religious temple in the World, Angkor Wat In Siem Reap is a temple complex dedicated originally to the Hindu deity Vishnu which was then transformed into a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. Built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire, the Angkor Wat was a deviation fr...
- Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm In Siem Reap
The ancient temple of Ta Prohm built by the Khmer king Jayavarman VII in the early 13th century is built in Bayon style of architecture. The Ta Prohm temple was built to serve as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and University and is one of the most visited sites in the Angkor complex. The overgrown trees have become one with ...
Angkor Thom In Siem Reap
Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer Empire and presently is a site of historical and cultural importance for the country of Cambodia and the World. The ‘Great City’ was established by King Jayavarman VII and houses a number of great monuments representative of the Khmer empire established by the predecessors, succ...
- Angkor Thom
Beng Mealea In Siem Reap
Located 40 km east of the Angkor group of temples and 77 km from the city of Siem Reap, the Beng Mealea is also a Hindu temple built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The temple is built from sandstones and has Buddhist motifs carved on its walls in a few places. The World Heritage Site has a largely unknown hist...
Preah Khan Temple In Siem Reap
The temple of Preah Khan was built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father and is located North-West of the Angkor Thom. The temple houses a number of cravings related to the Hindu mythology and Buddhist motifs are also present. The temple has been left largely unrestored, and nature has reclaimed most of the structures ...
Neak Pean Temple In Siem Reap
Neak Pean is a vintage throwback to how ancient Khmer healthcare looked like. Now the island temple looks like isolated remains of the olden days, but it was created keeping in mind extensive mythical references. Neak Pean Siem Reap is one of the many attractions in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Although not as famous or ...
Bayon Temple In Siem Reap
Bayon Temple, known for its daunting, awe-inspiring series of smiling faces all around its uppermost tier, is the flagship construction of the ancient Khmer capital Angkor Thom. The temple sits right in the middle of the fortified city, though it took years for the historians to discover that fact owing to the dense outgrow...
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FAQ's of Siem Reap
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Siem Reap offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to the tourists. They also serve Asian food. The food is not so spicy and has a different flavor to it.
Siem Reap is a very nice place, and it is safe to travel alone. But, it is always better to take the necessary precautions.
Yes, many in Siem Reap speak English, and they are very warm people. As the place is full of tourists most of the time, it has become a common thing there.
The best time to visit Siem Reap is during the winters. It is from November to February.
The currency of Cambodia is Riel. However, credit cards are accepted in many places, and ATM’s are available almost everywhere.
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