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Welcome to Angkor Wat

On par with the pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China, Cambodia's massive, UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park deserves its rank at the top of many a world traveler's bucket list. Located just outside of Siem Reap—where most international visitors fly in—the 250-square-mile (400-square-kilometer) sandstone complex was constructed between the ninth and 15th centuries by successive ""god-kings"" of the Khmer Empire. There are dozens of accessible temples and structures to see, but for most visitors, a 2-day or 3-day tour hits the highlights without becoming overwhelming. At center stage is Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of Khmer architecture with a shimmering reflective pool at its feet and five lotus-shaped towers etching an imposing silhouette against the sky. Make sure to visit the fortified city ruins of Angkor Thom and stroll around Ta Prohm, where the ruins have become tangled in the roots of ancient strangler figs and kapok trees.

Top 15 attractions in Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

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Rising from the jungle as the star of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park, the Angkor Wat temple complex is a 12th-century engineering marvel. Look out for intricate carvings of nymphs dancing on columns in shadowy hallways, serpent-topped balustrades, and huge, chiseled bas-reliefs depicting Khmer Empire battles. Although intended as a microcosm of the universe, it’s difficult to get lost here, with the complex arranged on three easy-to-navigate tiers.More


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The geographical and spiritual center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon is one of the crowning artistic achievements of the Khmer king Jayavarman VII. Around 200 giant faces look down from around 50 towers, while beautifully crafted reliefs depict everyday life in 12th-century Cambodia.More

Banteay Srei

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Small but perfectly formed, the delicately carved rose pink temple of Banteay Srei is a masterpiece of Angkorian art. The name means “Citadel of the Women,” likely because of its many carvings of “apsara” nymphs. First built in 967 AD, long before Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom, it’s about an hour’s drive from the main archaeological area.More

Ta Prohm

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Explored by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft:Tomb Raider, Ta Prohm is ubiquitously known as “the Tomb Raider temple.” A 12th-century Buddhist monastery and temple complex enmeshed in a web of towering tree roots, it’s one of Angkor’s—and Cambodia’s—signature sights and stands as an eerie symbol of the transience of human endeavor.More

Angkor Thom

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The sprawling temple complex of Angkor Thom, an ancient Khmer capital formerly ringed by a crocodile-infested moat, surpasses the world-famous Angkor Wat in both size and scale. Each of the site’s five gates are heralded by avenues lined with 108 deities that represent good and evil, which provide spectacular photo opportunities before you even step inside.More

Preah Khan

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At the northern end of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Preah Khan is among the park’s most striking temples. The evocative ruins of the temple, built by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, lie tangled amid the roots of silk-cotton trees, its perimeter guarded by 72 stone garudas (mythological bird creatures).More

Ta Som Temple (Prasat Ta Som)

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Known for its photogenic gateway (gopura) choked by the roots of a strangling fig tree, Ta Som is one of Angkor’s smaller temples. Jayavarman VII built the complex in the late 12th century, and it’s particularly scenic because it’s still overgrown. The inner sanctuary includes towers with faces like those at the more famous Bayon.More

Terrace of the Elephants

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Located within the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom and part of the Angkor temples UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terrace of the Elephants is renowned for its exquisite stone carvings. Built at the end of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, the temple takes its name from the depictions of parading elephants that adorn the terrace walls.More

Neak Pean

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The tiny 12th-century Buddhist temple of Neak Pean (sometimes written Neak Poan or Neak Poun sits on a circular stone island in a square pool, framed by four more pools, all built on an island in the middle of a lake. The temple’s name means “entwined serpents.”More

Phnom Bakheng

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Topped by Bakheng—one of the earliest temples in the Angkor area—Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill offers spectacular sunset views over Angkor Wat. Built around the year 900 AD, Bakheng temple ascends in five separate tiers, and its many towers reflect Hindu cosmology.More

Pre Rup

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A favorite Angkor sunset spot, Pre Rup is a 3-tier mountain temple topped with five sanctuary towers. Built in 961 AD as a temple to the Hindu god Shiva, Pre Rup’s name means “turn the body,” and some believe it was used for cremations. Its warm brickwork and red laterite stone look beautiful at sunrise or sunset.More

Terrace of the Leper King

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Just north of the Terrace of the Elephants in the 800-year-old city of Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Leper King takes its name from the statue that stands atop it. Around 20 feet (6 meters) high, the grand platform stands out for the detailed carvings on its exterior and interior walls: kings, princesses, spirits, sacred snakes, and more.More

Banteay Kdei

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Less visited than Siem Reap’s “big three” (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm), Banteay Kdei is a 12th-century Buddhist monastery that lies conveniently close to Ta Prohm and Srah Srang. The towering trees that overgrow the site add atmosphere, while it’s easy to imagine ancient monks praying and sleeping in the tiny cells as you stroll.More

Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré)

A heavily restored 12th-century temple, Banteay Samré feels more like a citadel. The Khmer emperor Suryavarman II built the complex, which includes a hall, two libraries, a temple, a dry moat, and fringing walls. Though Banteay Samré is smaller than many other Angkor-era monuments, it boasts some impressive carvings.More

Srah Srang

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Srah Srang is a baray, or reservoir, that is located south of the East Baray and east of Banteay Kde. Srah Srang was created by excavation in the mid-900s and, while there are several theories, it’s not clear whether the significance of this reservoir was religious, agricultural or a little bit of both. However, Srah Srang is best known as an ideal location for viewing the sunrise.At present Srah Srang measures almost 2,300 feet (700 meters) by almost 1,200 feet (350 meters) and is still partially flooded. A basement was found in the middle of it, which suggests that there may have been a temple on an artificial island at some point in the past. The landing-stage is located opposite the entrance to Banteay Kdei and is bordered by naga balustrades, ending with the head of a serpent mounted by a garuda with unfurled wings; guardian lions watch over the steps that lead down to the water.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Angkor Wat

How to Spend 2 Days in Angkor Wat

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What is Angkor Wat known for?

Best known for its intricately carved stone temples, Angkor Wat was the capital of the Khmer empire. Close to Siem Reap, the 12th-century temple of Angkor Wat is arguably the most well-known, but there are many, including Ta Prohm—of Tomb Raider fame—and Bayon, the temple of faces.

How many days do you need for Angkor Wat?

While most visitors to Angkor Wat won’t need more than a couple of days, those with a keen interest could easily spend longer. The main temples can be squeezed into one day, but if you want to visit Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea, or Koh Ker—the pyramid temple—you’ll need more time.

Is there a dress code for Angkor Wat?

Yes, visitors to the temples are asked to dress conservatively and cover their shoulders and knees. While men can get away with wearing shorts, women should wear long pants or skirts. You’ll also want to wear comfortable walking shoes and stay protected from the sun.

Is Angkor Wat one of the 7 Wonders?

No, Angkor Wat is not one of the Seven Wonders of the World. However, it was one of the finalists in the New 7 Wonders of the World campaign in 2000 and is sometimes still referred to as a wonder of the world or a wonder of the ancient world.

What type of attraction is Angkor Wat?

Angkor Wat is a historical and cultural attraction. Impressing visitors all over the world who come to catch a glimpse of the ancient temples, the historic capital of the Khmer Empire is the most visited tourist attraction in Cambodia and one of the most visited attractions in Southeast Asia.

What is there to do at Angkor Wat for kids?

Although there aren’t any specific child-friendly activities at Angkor Wat, the ancient jungle-clad temples appeal to a broad variety of ages. For young children, a half-day guided tuk-tuk tour to the overgrown temple of Ta Prohm and Bayon, the temple of faces, would be a great place to start.


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