Siem Reap Temples
10 TEMPLES TO SEE IN SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA + TRAVEL GUIDE
With millions of visitors each year, the Siem Reap Temples are truly one of its biggest draws. Despite years and years of neglect and abandonment, these temples retain a sense of value among tourists.
10 Beautiful Siem Reap Temples to Visit
We take a look at the 10 Siem Reap Temples that are a must-see if you happen to be in Siem Reap:
Siem Reap Temples
The Angkor Wat is considered one of the most iconic Siem Reap Temples—and for a good reason. Angkor Wat represents what is good about the Khmer culture—that is, classical architecture—and even holds historical value as the resting ground for the same monarch which had it built.
Read more: Angkor Wat Travel Guide
Siem Reap Temple, Angkor Thom East Gate
Regarded as one of the largest sites within the Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Thom is a hard miss based on its magnitude alone. This should not come as a surprise since Angkor Thom’s literal meaning is “Great City” which was once home to a million people.
There are plenty of ways one could describe Ba Yon Temple. But if there is one that easily sticks to memory is that the idea that this Buddhist temple is carved with faces—many, many faces—around 200 of them in total. The Bayon Temple is one of the must-see Siem Reap Temples.
Read more, Bayon Temple Travel Guide
Ba Phuon Temple [Siem Reap Temple]
Built at a time when the monarch of Cambodia still adheres to the Hindu belief, Ba Phuon Temple is a pagoda built for the Hindi god, Shiva. Like Angkor Wat which was originally a Hindu temple, Ba Phuon Temple’s schematic is aimed at materializing the mythical Hindu mountain, Mt. Meru, albeit in an inferior manner.
Siem Reap Temple, Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple
Of all the Siem Reap temples that sprung, the Ta Prohm Temple easily sticks out the most for its unique make-up—no other temple in the land features a construct which incorporates the trees with ostensive large roots as part of the design. Whether this present display is something accidental or pre-planned, we never truly know.
Preah Khan [Siem Reap Temple]
Once home to around 1000 monks as a fundamentally Buddhist structure and a residence to a former king during the construction of Angkor Thom, Preah Khan is a Buddhist temple which was marred by the later resurgence of Hinduism in the land. However, as certain aspects of both Hinduism and Buddhism transcend, there are remaining figures in the temple that is both significantly Buddhist and Hindu, like the Garuda and Naga statues.
Terrace of the Elephants [Siem Reap Temple]
Another photograph-worthy temple inspired after Cambodia’s treasured animal—the elephant—the Terrace of the Elephants is unsurprisingly depictive of its name as seen in the presence of elephant carving and structures.
Predating the iconic Angkor Wat for 2 centuries, Phnom Bakheng was the earlier rendition of the Mount Meru, a mythical mountain which is believed to be the “home of the gods” in Hinduism. Phnom Bakheng is perhaps known for its elevation, narrow staircase, and amazing site for sunrise.
Prasat Banteay Srei [Siem Reap Temple]
Dubbed the “Citadel of the Women,” the Prasat Banteay Srei is adorned with pink sandstones, some 3D carvings based on a scene from the Ramayana epic, and the presence of the devatas (female deities) in traditional fashion with lotus flowers on both hands.
For more, read, Banteay Srei Travel Guide
Koh Ker [Siem Reap Temple]
Much like the other Siem Reap Temples, the Koh Ker is a mostly dilapidated place. However, it is the second-largest temple town next to Angkor and is the venue for the Prasat Thom, a 7-tier pyramid temple complex.
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Siem Reap Cambodia Travel Guide
I have outlined a detailed travel guide for Siem Reap, Cambodia. The guide includes basic pieces of information such as tourist attractions and things to do; currency; how to get connected during your vacation; how to get there and how to get around; relevant travel essentials and much more.
Click here, Siem Travel Guide
Must Read: Cambodia Travel Guide
How to Get to Siem Reap, Cambodia
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