ANGKOR – MYSTERIOUS AND SACRED BEAUTY

Angkor Wat is the place that visitor traveling to Cambodia should not ignore. Regarded to be a huge treasure of Cambodia's history, culture, and art, Angkor Archaeological Park is a Khmer architecture. It was built in the early 12th century and is the world's largest religious site. Angkor covers an area of about 200 hectares. Many people think that Angkor Wat and Angkor is the same, but actually, Angkor Wat is just a temple in this huge region.

Since the 9th century, architects and craftsmen have created a great architectural complex, with 600 works scattered in a densely forested area of 45 square kilometers. The entire architectural complex with towers, the temples, and immense corridors are made of stone, superimposed on each other, even on top of the tower. Not only is the religious center, Angkor Wat is also the home to a lot of local people because some villages still remain inside this Archaeological Park. Below are some most famous temples in Angkor that you should not miss.

Angkor Wat

1. It is no doubt that Angkor Wat

It is the most famous temple in Cambodia, which is built by King Suryavarman II around the 11th century. In the beginning, it's just a Hindu temple, but after the Khmer Buddhist dynasty, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple. Over the centuries, temples still retain their beauty and it's a place for people come to worship. In 1992, UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a World Cultural Heritage. From the top of a tower in Angkor Wat, tourists will have a chance to watch the beautiful sunrise or sunset and the panorama of Angkor Wat. In Angkor Wat, there are more than 3,000 carved statues of Asaparas - a Hindu goddess with 37 different designs.

2. Ta Prohm Wat

Ta Prohm Wat was built by King Jayavarman VII, in the Bayon style with the total area of 650,000 m2. It originally named Rajavihara and formerly used as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and school. The temple after a long time was abandoned now turns to be a tourist attraction because the ancient tree's roots grow around the temple making a mysterious scene. The temple becomes more popular when it appeared on an Angelina Jolie's film "Lara Croft Tomb Raider".

3. Bayon Temple

Built by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, the temple is the last stone temple under the Khmer dynasty. The structure of the temple consists of three floors, the two lower floors are designed in the square and have bas-relief on the wall, while the top floor is located large stone towers with the shape of the face. On each tower, there are giant faces carved into the stone overlooking the four directions. These faces with mysterious smiles made Bayon becomes one of the most impressive and emotional temples in Angkor.

4. Banteay Srei

Located about 25km away from the great relics, Banteay Srei was built in the late 10th century, under the reign of King Jayavarman 5. Banteay Srei is primarily made of red sandstone, a mosaic that is added to elaborate sculptures on the walls, which are still visible today. The temple was forgotten for few decades and then it was discovered in 1914 by French archaeologists.