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Angkor Wat Wat Temple | Angkor City Khmer Empire Cambodia Temple
Angkor Wat is the main tourist attraction place in Angkor which is the capital city of Khmer Empire Cambodia. The Angkorean period was started in AD 802, then the Khmer Hindu Monarch Jayavarman II who is also called as Universal Monarch and God King. Angkor word is derived from Sanskrit Language NAGAR means City. Angkor Wat was built between 113 and 1150 by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura.
What Is Angkor Wat Temple?
Angkor temple is the top of the highest classical design of Khmer Architecture. Wat is becomes the symbol of Cambodia and appearing in Cambodia National Flag. Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat is located about six km north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom. Entry and exit to Angkor Wat can only be access from its west gate.
The height of Angkor Wat from the ground to the top of the central tower is greater than it might appear: 213 meters (699 feet), achieved with three rectangular or square levels (1-3). Each one is progressively smaller and higher than the one below starting from the outer limits of the temple. Covered galleries with columns define the boundaries of the first and second levels. The third level supports five towers –four in the corners and one in the middle and these is the most prominent architectural feature of Angkor Wat. This arrangement is sometimes called a quincunx.
Angkor Wat Layout:
Even though Angkor Wat is the most photographed Khmer monument, nothing approaches the actual experience of seeing this temple. Frank Vincent grasped this sensation over 100 years ago. The general appearance of the wonder of the temple is beautiful and romantic as well as impressive and grand it must be seen to be understood and appreciated. Perhaps it is the most impressive sight in the world of edifices.
Beneath the central tower was a shaft that leads to a chamber where, in 1934, archaeologists found “two pieces of crystal and two gold leaves far beneath where the Vishnu statue must have been,” Coe writes, adding that deposits like these “spiritually ‘energized’ a temple, much as a battery will provide power to a portable electronic device.”
Although Angkor Wat is dedicated to Vishnu, the full purpose of the temple is still debated. One question is whether the ashes of Suryavarman II were interred in the monument, perhaps in the same chamber where the deposits were found. If that were the case it would give the temple a funerary meaning.
- Angkor Wat is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, which recognizes sites with cultural, historical and natural significance.
- Tourism of Cambodia has information about Angkor Wat and tips on visiting the temple.
- Google Maps has street views of Angkor Wat and other Cambodian temples.
Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and its incredible detail.
The corners of the second and third storeys are marked by towers, each topped with symbolic lotus-bud towers. Rising 31m above the third level and 55m above the ground is the central tower, which gives the whole grand ensemble its sublime unity.
Planning Your Trip:
- Best Time To Go: it is possible to visit Angkor Wat at any time of year, but peak season is from November to February, when the weather is dry and cooler, although it’s still hot for most. The best time of day is sunrise when it’s cooler but crowded, or lunchtime when most of the tour groups are in town.
- How Long You’ll Need: allow plenty of time to take it all in. Plan at least three hours to explore the whole complex, but more like half a day if you want to explore every nook and cranny.
- Opening Hours: Angkor Wat opens at 5am for visitors who want to see the sunrise from this iconic spot. The upper level (Bakan Sanctuary) is only open from 7.30am. Angkor Wat closes at 5.30pm.
- Costs: an entry pass to the temples of Angkor costs US$20 for one day, US$40 for three days (which can be used over one week) and US$60 for one week (which can be used over one month).
Where To Stay:
- Palm Village Resort & Spa
- Galaxy Angkor Boutique Hotel
- Pavillon Indochine Boutique Hotel
- Angkor Boutique Tropic Hotel
- Natura Resort
- Regency Angkor Hotel
- Nita by Vo
- Golden Temple Hotel
- Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
- De Sarann Villa
Choose from motos (motorbike taxis) for one person, remork-motos (tuk-tuks) for two, and private cars or minivans for families or small groups. Eco friendly options include mountain bikes or electric bicycles. Guided tours can also be arranged in Siem Reap.
- Angkor tour with while bikes
- Electric bike
- Motor bike with driver
- TUK TUK
- Car with driver gasoline
- Jeep with driver gasoline nice breeze
- Mini-van with driver gasoline
- Coaster bus with driver
- Siem Reap International Airport
- Phnom Renh International Airport
- Sihanoukville International Airport
- Ratanakiri Airport
- Battambang Airport
- Kampong Cham Airport
- Kampong Chhnang Airport
- Kampong Thom Airport
- Kampot Airport
- Koh Kong Airport
- Krakor Airport
- Kratie Airport
- Pailin Airport
- Mondulkiri Airport
- Stung Treng Airport
- Svay Rieng Airport
- Thbeng Meanchey Airport