Visit the best ancient temples in Cambodia
Cambodia is a center of the ancient powerful Khmer civilization. Until now, when visiting the country, you can still enjoy the impressive legacy of the long-gone heyday of Khmer Empire. Visiting the ancient temples would offer you a great way to explore the ancient culture. And talking about temples, here are the best and most impressive temples of Cambodia.
Coming up on top of the list is the iconic Angkor Wat. The world heritage is the most-visited destination of the countries. Angkor Wat is a complex of huge scale, which could take you a whole day to make a simple trip to the site. It would give you one of the most breath-taking and unforgettable moments in your journey.
Along with Angkor Wat, Bayon is also a great name that attracts a large number of visitors over the years.
Also located in Siem Riep, Bayon, however, features quite different architectural characteristics. Wandering around the site, you will encounter many different stone faces bearing the mysterious smile and surrounded by the calmness and tranquil. Looking at these face, you might catch yourself in ultimate awe and unexpectedly calm. The best time to visit Bayon is in the morning, during which the dimming and fresh lights of the new days cast a different look on the face stone.
Built in late 12th and early 13th century, Ta Prohm is inscribed as the World Heritage in 1992. It is one of the most important sights of the Angkor region. Hiding in the dense jungles, the ruins are well-known for its striking intertwining of nature and human creations, which makes an impressive and one-of-a-kind charm of Ta Prohm. The giant tree and with its strong root has made its way all over the ramparts.
Compared to other huge complexes of Angkor, Banteay might seem small and unimpressive. However, when looking closer to the detail of its architecture, you can help feeling astounded. Despite the humble size, the temple owns elaborate decorations and fine figure which are made from red sandstone – a unique feature of the Angkor architecture.
Banteay Samre is around the same age as Angkor, therefore, the two complexes also share some common feature in style. However, with regard to the size, Banteay Samre is somehow less magnificent. Nevertheless, the sight is worth-visiting as it is kept in the well-preserved state with the higher intactness shown through its fine and elaborate details.
Banteay Kdei is originally a Buddhist monastery in the 12th century, which is just around the time Ta Prohm is built. You can see the resemblances between the two sights. It is imbued with fine sculptures of apsaras.
The Pre Rup has endured a harsh climate. Most of its details have gone, however, the little remains show strikingly fine details, which shows how impressive it once was. Even being eroded, the pyramid-shaped temple is overall still impressive in term of size and its construction. At sunset, the last light of the day creates an imposing view of Pre Rup.
About one kilometer from Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng is also a most-visited attraction in the Angkor region. It is also the first temple to ever appear within the area. With the unique architecture, it also marks the distinguishing feature of the early days of Angkor Empire. The site also serves as a place to get the sunset view over the Angkor Wat.