Must-see attractions in Temples of Angkor

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    Temples of Angkor

    At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomises the…

  • A tree growing through the temple Beng Mealea in Angkor Wat.
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    Beng Mealea

    Temples of Angkor

    A spectacular sight to behold, Beng Mealea, located about 68km northeast of Siem Reap, is one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature has well…

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    Angkor Wat

    Temples of Angkor

    The traveller's first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is matched by only a few select spots on earth. Built by Suryavarman…

  • Overgrown temple of Ta Prohm.

    Ta Prohm

    Temples of Angkor

    The so-called 'Tomb Raider Temple', Ta Prohm is cloaked in dappled shadow, its crumbling towers and walls locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root…

  • An overgrown ruin in Koh Ker.
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    Koh Ker

    Temples of Angkor

    Abandoned to the forests of the north, Koh Ker, capital of the Angkorian empire from 928 to 944 CE, is within day-trip distance of Siem Reap. Most…

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A stone walkway in the Preah Khan temple in Angkor.

    Preah Khan

    Temples of Angkor

    The temple of Preah Khan is one of the largest complexes at Angkor, a maze of vaulted corridors, fine carvings and lichen-clad stonework. It is a good…

  • Ancient Hindu statues along sides of the south bridge into Angkor Thom temple close to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap in Cambodia
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    Angkor Thom South Gate

    Temples of Angkor

    The south gate of Angkor Thom is most popular with visitors, as it has been fully restored and many of the heads (mostly copies) remain in place. The gate…

  • Churning of the Ocean of Milk

    Angkor Wat

    The southern section of the east gallery is decorated by the most famous of the bas-relief scenes at Angkor Wat, the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This…

  • Phnom Kulen waterfall.

    Phnom Kulen

    Temples of Angkor

    Considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, Phnom Kulen is a popular place of pilgrimage on weekends and during festivals. It played…

  • Kbal Spean waterfall.

    Kbal Spean

    Temples of Angkor

    A spectacularly carved riverbed, Kbal Spean is set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor. More commonly referred to in English as the ‘River of a…

  • Terrace of the Leper King.

    Terrace of the Leper King

    Temples of Angkor

    The Terrace of the Leper King is just north of the Terrace of Elephants. Dating from the late 12th century, it is a 7m-high platform, on top of which…

  • View of the island temple Preah Neak Poan at Angkor on Cambodia
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    Preah Neak Poan

    Temples of Angkor

    The Buddhist temple of Preah Neak Poan is a petite yet perfect temple constructed by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. It has a large square pool…

  • The sun setting over the Cambodian countryside from the summit of Phnom Bakheng.

    Phnom Bakheng

    Temples of Angkor

    Located around 400m south of Angkor Thom, the main attraction at Phnom Bakheng is the sunset view over Angkor Wat. For many years, the whole affair turned…

  • People walking to Baphuon Temple.


    Temples of Angkor

    Some have called Baphuon the 'world's largest jigsaw puzzle'. Before the civil war the Baphuon was painstakingly taken apart piece by piece by a team of…

  • Bakong Temple.


    Temples of Angkor

    Bakong is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group of temples. Built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, it’s a representation of Mt Meru…

  • North gate of Banteay Kdei temple.

    Banteay Kdei & Sra Srang

    Temples of Angkor

    Banteay Kdei, a massive Buddhist monastery from the latter part of the 12th century, is surrounded by four concentric walls. Each of its four entrances is…

  • Terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Thom.

    Terrace of Elephants

    Temples of Angkor

    The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. Try to…

  • Banteay Samre is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia located east of the East Baray. Built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style.

    Banteay Samré

    Temples of Angkor

    Banteay Samré dates from the same period as Angkor Wat and was built by Suryavarman II. The temple is in a fairly healthy state of preservation due to…

  • Prasat Krahom of Koh Ker.

    Prasat Krahom

    Temples of Angkor

    Prasat Krahom, the second-largest structure at Koh Ker, is so named for the red bricks from which it is constructed. Sadly, none of the carved lions for…

  • Ancient Preah Palilay temple in Angkor Thom and huge Banyan trees.

    Preah Palilay

    Temples of Angkor

    Preah Palilay is located about 200m north of the Royal Enclosure’s northern wall. It was erected during the rule of Jayavarman VII and originally housed a…

  • Angkor Thom East Gate.

    Angkor Thom East Gate

    Temples of Angkor

    The east gate of Angkor Thom was used as a location in Tomb Raider, where the bad guys broke into the ‘tomb’ by pulling down a giant polystyrene apsara…

  • Seven tiered pyramid at Koh Ker, Prasat Thom of Koh Ker temple site.

    Prasat Thom

    Temples of Angkor

    The principal monument at Koh Ker is Prasat Thom. The staircase to the top is open to a limited number of visitors and the views are spectacular if you…

  • Army of Suryavarman II

    Angkor Wat

    The remarkable western section of the south gallery depicts a triumphal battle march of Suryavarman II’s army. In the southwestern corner about 2m from…

  • Battle of Kurukshetra

    Angkor Wat

    The southern portion of the west gallery depicts a battle scene from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, in which the Kauravas (coming from the north) and the…

  • Heaven & Hell

    Angkor Wat

    The punishments and rewards of the 37 heavens and 32 hells are depicted in the eastern half of the south gallery. On the left, the upper and middle tiers…

  • Battle of Lanka

    Angkor Wat

    The northern half of the west gallery shows scenes from the Ramayana. In the Battle of Lanka, Rama (on the shoulders of Hanuman), along with his army of…

  • Battle of the Gods & the Demons

    Angkor Wat

    The western section of the north gallery depicts the battle between the 21 gods of the Brahmanic pantheon and various demons. The gods are featured with…

  • Prasat Bram

    Temples of Angkor

    Among the many smaller temples found around Koh Ker, Prasat Bram is a real highlight. It consists of a collection of brick towers, at least two of which…

  • Angkor Thom West Gate

    Temples of Angkor

    The causeway at the west gate of Angkor Thom has completely collapsed, leaving a jumble of ancient stones sticking out of the soil, like victims of a…

  • Phnom Bok

    Temples of Angkor

    One of three temple-mountains built by Yasovarman I in the late 9th or early 10th century, this peaceful but remote location (about 25km from Siem Reap)…

  • Kleangs & Prasat Suor Prat

    Temples of Angkor

    Along the eastern side of Central Square are two groups of buildings, called Kleangs. The North Kleang, dated from the period of Jayavarman V, and the…

  • Royal Enclosure & Phimeanakas

    Temples of Angkor

    Phimeanakas stands close to the centre of a walled area that once housed the royal palace. There’s very little left of the palace today except for two…

  • Pre Rup

    Temples of Angkor

    Pre Rup, built by Rajendravarman II, is about 1km south of the Eastern Mebon and is a popular spot for sunset. The temple consists of a pyramid-shaped…

  • Phnom Krom

    Temples of Angkor

    The temple of Phnom Krom, 12km south of Siem Reap on a hill overlooking Tonlé Sap lake, dates from the reign of Yasovarman I in the late 9th or early 10th…

  • Preah Ko

    Temples of Angkor

    Preah Ko was erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century and dedicated to Shiva. In AD 880 the temple was also dedicated to his deified ancestors:…

  • Prasat Kravan

    Temples of Angkor

    Uninspiring from the outside, the interior brick carvings concealed within its towers are the hidden treasure of Prasat Kravan. The five brick towers,…

  • Ta Keo

    Temples of Angkor

    Ta Keo is a stark, undecorated temple that undoubtedly would have been one of the finest of Angkor’s structures, had it been finished. Built by Jayavarman…

  • Chau Srei Vibol

    Temples of Angkor

    This petite hilltop temple is actually part of a larger complex that spanned the entire hill. It is relatively under-visited compared with more centrally…

  • Spean Thmor

    Temples of Angkor

    Spean Thmor, of which an arch and several piers remain, is 200m east of Thommanon. Jayavarman VII constructed many roads with these immense stone bridges…

  • Western Baray & Western Mebon

    Temples of Angkor

    The Western Baray, measuring an incredible 8km by 2.3km, was constructed by hand to provide water for the intensive cultivation of lands around Angkor…