Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a testament to human creativity and devotion. Its beauty and scale captivate all who visit. This temple complex is not just a relic of the past but a living monument that continues to inspire and awe.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: A Monument to Eternity

Introduction to Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat stands as a symbol of Cambodia’s heart and soul. Located in the Angkor archaeological park, this temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu. Over time, it transformed into a Buddhist temple.

Architectural Marvel

Angkor Wat’s architecture is a marvel of engineering and artistry. Its layout mirrors the Hindu cosmological universe, with central towers representing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. The temple is famous for its intricate bas-reliefs and carvings, depicting Hindu epics and mythology.

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Exploring the Temple

Visitors enter Angkor Wat through a Naga bridge, symbolizing the rainbow bridge that connects the human world to the divine. The complex is surrounded by a vast moat, representing the ocean surrounding Mount Meru.

Inside, the temple’s galleries, courtyards, and central towers offer a journey through time and spirituality.

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Sunrise at Angkor Wat

A highlight for many is witnessing sunrise at Angkor Wat. This magical moment, when the sun rises behind the temple’s silhouette, offers unparalleled beauty and tranquility. It’s a must-do for photographers and spiritual seekers alike.

Conservation Efforts

this temple is not just a tourist destination but a monument in need of protection. Conservation efforts are ongoing to preserve its structures against time and tourism. Visitors should respect the site by following guidelines, such as not touching the carvings and staying on designated paths.


Located near Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is accessible by tuk-tuk, bike, or car. Tickets to the archaeological park cover entrance to Angkor Wat and other temples in the area. Planning a visit early in the morning or late afternoon avoids the peak heat and crowds.

Cultural Significance

Angkor Wat is more than an architectural wonder; it’s a symbol of Cambodian resilience and pride. It appears on the national flag, representing the soul of the Khmer people. The temple is a place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus, reflecting Cambodia’s rich religious heritage.


There are a tremendous number of tours starting from Siem Reap (check here for a full list). There are several types of tours: those that visit only Angkor Wat temples, those that visit temples in the center of Angkor called “Small circuit”, those that visit temples at a distance from Angkor Wat temples called “Grand circuit”.

Small circuit includes Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Thom, South Gate, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the Elephants, Victory Gate, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang and Prasat Kravan. Grand circuit includes Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prasat Prei, Preah Khan, North Gate and West Mebon.

Other tours visit temples at a distance from Angkor center such as Banteay Srei, Beng Mealea, Kbal Spean and those belong to Roluos Group.


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