The Angkor Complex of the ancient capitals of the of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-east Asia. The 400 km2 of land includes a forested area, the Angkor Archaeological Park containing the majestic remains of several temples from the 9th to the 15th century--a testament that Cambodia is truly the Kingdom of Wonder. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. Explore the spectacular Angkor Complex with the Angkor Wat Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. Angkor Wat
The largest religious monument in the world is not one to be missed when traveling in South-east Asia. Measuring 162.6 hectares what was originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu during the Khmer Empire gradually became into a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation and has become the symbol of the country of Cambodia and even appearing on its national flag.
Bayon was built in the 12th-13th century as the temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. It stands in the center of the Jayavarman capital, Angkor Thom. It is famous for being richly decorated and its most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and every-day-life scenes.
3. Ta Prohm
Founded again by King Jayavarman VII is comes to no surprise that Ta Prohm, formerly known as Rajavihara, is built in Bayon style. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
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