opening our website and seeing the word Angkor Wat there, we
assume that you might be checking in to see and to get some tourists
information’s about the temples .We do not give all the information’s as
the visitors guide book do, but we will try our best to provide you with
some good information’s about some of the temples that we consider you
should visit and a little bit about the Angkorian History.
things tourists come to visit Cambodia for, is to see the magnificent
and famous temples. There are hundreds of them so you will need to
how long to stay, get your admission pass and arrange for
transportations. The longer you stay the more chance you will have to
see all of the temples.
Getting a three days pass
reason for getting a three days pass is that you can visit all of the
major temples including some of the minor ones and still have time to
spend at your favorite ones. While a one day pass you have to rush to
see the main temples and like never really having time to enjoy very
much of it.
A one day
pass might be cheaper than a three pass but you won’t enjoy the trip as
much because of the rushing to see the temples.
Finally, the Apsara Authority has changed the rules of the three day
pass so that now you can take three days with a break – that’s right, they do not have to be used on consecutive days but within a week!! This means you can take a day at the temples, see a lot more than chill out the next day to regain some oomph for another walkabout – brilliant!
The three temples you should not miss:
Angkor Wat, Ta Prom and Bayon
These three temples are quite close to each other so if you are on a
one day tour these are the three main temples your should not miss:
as you have heard is the most famous of them all, where ever you go
talking about Cambodia people will ask “ you have you been to Angkor Wat?.”
Because of its fame and being on of the world 7 wonders tourist tend to
want to see it first. It was built by Suryavarman II and finished by
Jayavarman VII On the other hand Ta Prom and Bayon are also
being famous for its giant silk and cotton trees growing out of the
towers attracts many visitors. The atmosphere there is refreshing and
you can take some of the best trees photos there. It was build by
Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his mother and it was built in the style
its giant stone faces became one of the most recognizable image
connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The best of Bayon are
bas-reliefs; there are some real-life scenes from the historical seas
battle between the Khmer and the Cham. Being surrounded by jungles Bayon
is a bit dark for photograph taking near sunrise and sunset. But it is
refreshing and a wonderful place to roam.
The Story of Banteay Sri
(citadel of woman) is called “the Jewel of Khmer art” because of its
unique style among the great temples of Angkor. It was built in the late
10th century by a courtier named Yajnavaraha. In 967 A.D this
Hindu temple was dedicated to the God Shiva. It was built largely of
hard red sandstones that can be carved like wood. Brick and laterite
were used only for the enclosure walls and some structural elements. The
temple is known for the beauty of its sandstone lintels and pediments.
Like most Khmer temples, Banteay Sri is oriented to ward the east. Many
niches in the temples walls contain carvings of devatas or dvarapalas.
A little more on Angkorian History
Angkorian Period lasted from the early ninth century to the early
fifteenth and is considered the golden age of Khmer civilization. The
temples ruins in the area of Siem Reap are the remnants of the Angkorian
capital and represent the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer architecture art
and civilization. The Khmer people were among the first in Southeast
Asia to adopt religious ideas and political institution from India and
to establish centralized kingdoms encompassing large territories the
Khmer region was a highly developed and thriving state. They lived along
the coast and in the lower Mekong River, valley and delta regions.
kingdom of Funan was rule by the Liang-shu according to the Chinese
dynastic history. It was one of the first known in Southeast Asia. The
kingdom’s economy depended on rice surpluses produced by an extensive
inland irrigation system. Funan had once been a strong maritime state,
actively involving in sea trades, but it was soon concord by another
kingdom called Chenla.
brake-away kingdom around the middle Mekong lasted only for a short
period. It was rule by king Isanavarman I who made Chenla disintegrated
into smaller warring states. Later after his death King Jayavarman I
brought it back together in the mid 7th century only to fall
apart again after his death. On traditional accounts, Chenla finally
broke into two rival states, ‘Land Chenla’ in northern Cambodia/southern
Laos, and ‘Water Chenla in centered further south in kampong Tham. But
in 715 these two Chenlas were further broken up into smaller states.
first king of the Angkorian era was Jayavarman II. He was a great
warrior and kept on enlarging his kingdom till the time of his death in
850CE. The kings that reigned after him started to build great temples
dedicating it to their gods. Suryavarman II was one of the greatest
Angkorian kings; he like Jayavarman II expanded his kingdom in a series
of successful war against the kingdom of Champa. His greatest
achievement was the construction of the temples Angkor Wat. But it was
soon destroyed in 1177 by Cham. But another great king Jayavarman VII
came to the throne and drove the Cham away. He soon restored Angkor Watt
back to what it was and he was the first king who changed the Khmer
religion from Hindu to Buddhism. During the Reined of Jayavarman VII the
Khmer people were prosperous but after his death everything started to
go down hill little by little.
Four more temples that are marvelous
but most people miss:
temples that people usually miss are Bat Chum, Chau Say Tevoda, Preah
Palilay and Banteay Samre. These marvelous temples are miss ether
because of too little time or they are too small and far to be worth
Bat Chum was constructed in the mid 10th century, it was
dedicated to Buddha. King Rajendravarman was the ruler of Bat Chum.
Chau Say Tevoda was built in the early 12th century in
the style of Angkor Wat. And it was built during the rule of king
Preah Palilay was built in the 13th century. The tower
was rebuilt again in the post-Bayon period. It is located in the forest
area behind the Terrace of the Leper King. There are many carving of
Hindu and Buddhist themes.
Banteay Samre was also built in the style of Angkor Wat by king
Suryavarman II in the mid 12th century. It also resembles the
Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand.
All though these temples are small and similar, but the atmosphere
the quietness and the breath taking view is out standing. Most of these
temples are built similar to Angkor Wat and probably built at the same
time. So if you’re looking for a quite place to spend and a cool
atmosphere to enjoy this would is the place we consider you should pick. Top