Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia! This area is filled with majestic and ancient temples from the Khmer Empire built from the 9th to 13th Century. While Angkor Wat dominates the itinerary for most tourists, there are plenty of other temples that are unique and interesting. Here are the top five temples to see in Siem Reap.
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1. Angkor Thom and Bayon
The first stop is Angkor Thom and Bayon, built in the 12th Century by King Jayavarman VII. The temple of Bayon is one of the most recognizable for having the four sided-faces on the monument. It is flanked by a surrounding reflective moat. Our tour guide explains that the temple was modified from Buddhist to Hindu (by adding the third eye to the Buddha head) and back to Theravada Buddhist.
2. Ta Prohm
Next, we visit Ta Prohm which is the filming location for the movie Tomb Raider. It is notable for its atmospheric and jungle scenery, including giant tree roots from over 200-400 year old sacred fig trees engulfing the temple.
3. Pre Rup
Pre Rup is a Hindu temple made of brick and sandstone, notable for its cistern in the center, and towering staircase leading the towering prasats. It is most beautiful at sunset as the sandstone temple glows a pink color in the sun.
4. Ta Som
Ta Som was built in the later 12th Century. The entrance is through a gate with a face culture on top, and a central temple while contains a Buddha sculpture. .
5. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is so massive and historic, that it needs its own blog post. Stay tuned for the next blog post where we will review the top places to photograph within Angkor Wat.
Comment below on your favorite temple to visit in Siem Reap?
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