Siem Reap Temple Run!

In Siem Reap, there are endless temples to explore, but which are actually worth your time? Here’s a list of temples you should check out!

Angkor Wat
It was a surprise that there were 500+ tourists there at 5.30am. But Angkor Wat is a definite must-go.

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TIP: There was no crowd inside and this actually makes it a better place to catch the sunrise instead of watching it from the exterior of the temple.

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Temples worth visiting in Angkor Thom:

Bayon Temple
Some say those faces are of Bodhisattva. But others have argued that the face is of Jayavarman VII (the man that ordered the temple to be built).

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Terrace of the Leaper King
Above the platform was a lone buddha wrapped in a robe. But beneath was actually tons of faces carved in stone. It is said the Terrace of the Leaper King was thought to be used as a royal cremation site.

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Terrance of the Elephants
Was once used as a platform for King Jayavarman VII to view his victorious army returning. It also served as the king’s grand audience hall.

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Ta Prohm
Made famous by the Tomb Raider movie. The trees growing out of the ruins make the temples really unstable structures to be exploring, so most of Ta Prohm is currently under reconstruction to make the structures more stable (June 2013).

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Temples worth visiting in the Grand Circuit:

Banteay Kdei
A direction translation of Banteay Kdei means “A Citadel of Chambers”. But it is also known as the “Citadel of Monks’ cells”. Danger never felt so close.

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Pre Rup
It was built as the state temple of Khmer King Rajendravarman. Pre Rup means “turn the body”.

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East Mebon Temple
Standing on what was once an artificial island of the now dry East Baray reservoir is East Mebon temple. It was built during the reign of King Rajendravarman.

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Neak Poan
Originally designed as a hospital. The 4 pools surrounding the temple represents water, earth, fire and wind. Ancients believed that bathing in these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease.

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Preah Kha
Meaning “holy sword”, the structure was used as the centre of a substantial organisation. It was occupied by over 100,000 officials and servants.

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Phnom Bakheng Temple
A hindu temple in the form of a temple mountain. It was built in dedication to Shiva. Currently under renovation June 2013. Could not climb up to catch the sunset. It is better this way, as the large number of tourists visiting each day makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor.

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And here in the ever expanding void am i chained to the railings of circumstance!

1 Response

  1. Ball says:

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    Ball

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