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ANGKOR TEMPLE TICKETS
The Angkor National Archaeological Park opens from 5.00 am to 5.30 pm everyday. Visitors can purchase entrance tickets for:
- One day pass: US$ 20 per person.
- Two or Three day pass: US$ 40 per person.
- One week pass: US$ 60 per person.
- Children under 12 years old is free
Visitors must take a photo to stick on ticket and should wear the proper dresses as the shirts should be over armpit, and the trousers,pants,shorts or skirts should be over knees.
Example Tour Itineraries Planning
Group of Rolous temples
- Preah Ko
1. Angkor Wat
2. Phnom Backheng
3. South Gate of Angkor Thom
4. Bayon is the center of Angkor Thom
6. Phimean Akas
7. Royal Palace
8. Elephant & Leper King Terraces
9. Prasat Sour Prat
12.Srah Srang or Royal Bath
1. Pre Rup
2. East Mebon
4. Neak Pean
5. Preah Khan
Remote Attraction Tour
1. Banteay Samre
2. Banteay Srei
3. Kbal Spean resort
4. Kulen Mountain National Park
5. Beng Mealea
6. Koh Ker Group
7. Preah Vihear
8. Anlong Veng-last strong-whole Khmer Rouge site
9. Banteay Chhmar
10.Sambor Preikuk Group
Floating Villages - Stilted house - Lake
-Kampong Khleang with the stilted houses, huge fishermen community, floating village, greatest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia
-Kampong Phlok-Stilted houses, flooding forest, greatest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia
-Chong Khneas-floating village, greatest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia
-Mechrei- floating village-greatest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia
-Prek Toal National Bird Sanctuary
REMOTE ATTRACTION SITES
There are a variety of day trips available outside of Angkor Complex or Siem Reap city, such as visits to a local weaving village, a shooting range, Kbal Spean, Kulen mountain, Beng Melea, Koh Ker temple group, Bird Sanctuary at Tonle Sap Lake, Pre- Angkor period: Sambor Prei Kuk temple group, Banteay Chhmar temple.
The must-see, can-not-miss day trip is the Banteay Srei temple and Kbal Spean National Park. This site can be easily reached by a nice trip through rural Cambodia.
I. KULEN MOUNTAIN RESORT
- It is about 70 km from Siem Reap city.
- Holy Kulen Mountain or Mahendrapura was one of the capital cities of King Jayavarman II, the founder of Angkor Empire in 802, the ruler with universal power. Left behind 54 temples on mountain top and a thousand Shiva Lingas along riverbed and waterfall. Kulen was taken its name after the local pronounced the Lychee fruit of Natural Mountain which grew in the whole areas. April is the season of Lychee fruit which will have a red color on the trees. During Khmer Happy New Year starts 12th - 16th April every year at least 2 million Cambodian people to reach there.
Full Day Tour:
Holy water on Kulen Mountain
1. A thousand Shiva Lingas or Lingum on the riverbed on the sumit of Holy Mountain. Local people have been still believed that when the water run on Shiva Lingas, that water become holy and can clean their sin or bad luck.
2. A huge reclining Buddha statue and pagoda on the summit of this mountain. The oldest statue in Cambodia and was built in 16th-century by powerful King Ang Chan Racha I to make Angkor Empire period in glory again after abandoned in 1431.
II. BENG MEALEA TEMPLE.
Full Day Tour:
- Beng Mealea is one of the Khmer jewelling temples in jungle and largely un - restored.
- Beng Mealea temple, its name which means "lotus pond or one of the Khmer flowers name, Mealea" is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 70 km Northeastern of the main group of temples at Angkor, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay temple.
- Beng Mealea temple is largely UN - restored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently was completely built to the temple complex of Koh Ker temple group passes Beng Mealea.
- The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in 1113 – 1150, the early 12th century but some historians thought that maybe, built by Khmer King Jayavarman VI in 1080 – 1107 ?.
- Beng Mealea is smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea, nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 meters by 152 meters. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 meters by 875 meters large.
- The temple was built mostly of sandstone. Beng Mealea is only 7 km far from the angkorian sandstone quarries of Phnom Kulen Mountain, the sandstone blocks used for Angkor Wat temple and others in Angkor national park were transported along artificial water canals, and some by oxcarts, water buffalo carts and elephants and passed from here. Despite of lack of information from stone inscriptions, the quality of architecture and decorations has drawn the attention of some tourists to get there.
III. KOH KER TEMPLE GROUP
Full Day Tour
Beyond Angkor Wat, a Khmer kingdom emerges from the jungle. The Khmer Empire`s monuments are revealing their secret hideways in the jungle as land mines are being cleared and roads are being built to get to them. Koh Ker, Chok Gargya or also called Lingapura in the inscriptions, was the capital city of King Jayavarman IV in 921 , revolted against the nephew and moved the city from Yasodhapura - Angkor to Koh Ker ( 921 to 944 AD?? ?) . In this short time; some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed. Left to the jungle for nearly a thousand years and mostly un-restored; this great archaeological site has been rarely visited until very recently.
This remote area has no towns and only a small village in cleared forest nearby. Koh Ker is relatively easy drive but involves an early start to get a good full days sightseeing Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and returning to Siem Reap city in the same day. The site is about 130 km Northeast of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat. The ancient Khmer city is in a distant jungle location with up to a hundred ruined temples including a huge stepped pyramid; the largest in the region. More ancient temples are being found in the jungle; so there is a true sense of discovery there.
IV: PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE
FULL DAY TOUR-
Preah Vihear temple (1002 – 1050)
Beyond Angkor Wat, a Khmer kingdom emerges from the jungle and UNESCO had just listed as world heritage site in 2008. The Preah Vihear temple in Northern Angkor Wat was built in 11th Century at the edge of a cliff in the Dangrek Mountain.
With Cambodia at peace, the government has launched a road-building campaign, bringing long-lost Khmer sites beyond Angkor within reach of travelers who dream of encounters with Cambodia's ancient wonders. The Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Southeast Asia from 800 to 1400, built monuments all over Cambodia. Preah Vihear temple is about 180 km from Siem Reap city or Angkor Wat. The world heritage site was just listed and recorded by UNESCO.
V. SAMBOR PREI KUK:
Full Day Tour: from Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
Another archaeological site, Beyond Angkor Wat, is the site of Sambor Prei Kuk.
The Pre-Angkorean period with a simple external plan. The principal material is brick, but sandstone is also used for certain structures. The ancient temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk is located to the southeast of Angkor Empire. Sambor Prei Kuk Temple consists of 3 main groups of temples, all dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple clusters includes more than 150 monuments built around the 7th century in the ancient capital of Ishanapura in the inscription. And the country divided into 2 parts, upper and lower Chenla after the death of King Jayavarman. In 802 Jayavarman II (802-850) all unified, devoting himself as the sole sovereign and the court moved to Angkor.
The Sambor Prei Kuk Temple cluster is located in central Cambodia, about 160 km southeast of Siem Reap city. The temple cluster is located in a forested area in which 3 groups of temples are spread within an area of 3 miles and contain, all together, over 100 listed monuments.
VI. BANTEAY CHHMAR TEMPLE
Full Day Tour
It situates in the Banteay Meanchey province
- Banteay Chhmmar temple was the second city of King Jayavarman 7 to the South of Angkor Thom city. Banteay Chhmmar temple was constructed in early 13th century. It is the most interesting place to track in the history of Mahayana Buddhism. It has still remained in a thousand Buddha hand and other statues there.
About 160 km from Siem Reap city.
VII. KBAL SPEAN RESORT:
-Another archaeological site which local people are still believed the sacred water and can clean all the bad luck or sins.
It situates on the North of Angkor National Park about 60km from Siem Reap city.
Kbal Spean was taken its name after the local who pronounced a portion of natural stone which lies across the river and resembles to that of a bridge head. This place had been established as a sacred site for more than a thousand years old and the evidences could be substantiated by archaeological site such as inscriptions and relief, which are mostly dated to the 11th century. The beliefs in which the water flows from Kbal Spean as the source of the development and prosperity, from just above the natural bridge head to the North and down to the waterfall below, the Kbal Spean River bed is covered with sculpted of Shiva Lingas, the symbol of the God. A group of Linga inside a Yoni could also be seen.
- The river bank, along the basin covered deep into the river bed, is sculpted with a variety of symbols and seems which are related to God Shiva as well as in the inscription. The other seems included the reclining God Vishnu in the middle of the ocean in meditation and absorbs the watery chaos below, and from the navel, a growing lotus flower bears the God Brahma, the god of creator. Etc.
Information of the sightseeing
Angkor Wat, which literally means ‘City Temple’, is a Hindu temple complex built to replicate the heavens on earth. Constructed for King Suryavarman II in the early twelfth century, it is the best-preserved temple and is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
Angkor Thom is a very popular tourist spot. It was established in the late twelfth century to early thirteenth century by King Jayavarman VII. This site is situated 1.7 Km north of Angkor Wat, within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors.
Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple built in the late twelfth century or early thirteenth century. Built at the centre of King Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance to their religious preferences.
Banteay Srei Prasat Kravan
Consecrated in 967 A.D, Banteay Srei was speculated to have been known earlier as Banteay Serai, which literally means the Citadel of Victory. This was the only major temple at Angkor not built by a monarch; its construction is credited to a courtier named Yajnavaraha, who was a scholar and philanthropist and a counselor to king Rajendravarman. He was known to have helped those who suffered from illness, injustice or poverty.
Phnom Bakheng was constructed more than two centuries before the Angkor Wat. It is a Hindu temple originally built in the form of a temple mountain dedicated to Shiva. Historians believe that Phnom Bakheng was in its heyday, the principal temple of the Angkor region. It was the architectural centerpiece of a new capital that Yasovarman built when he moved the court from the capital Hariharalaya in the Roluos area located to the southeast.
Preah Khan was built on the site of Jayavarman VII’s victory over the invading Chams in 1191. In its heyday, this was the centre of a substantial organisation with almost 100,000 officials and servants. This temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. With numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored.
Ta Prohm, a Bayon style temple, is believed to be built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. It was founded by King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found where 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.
Built by King Harshavarman I in the early 10th century and dedicated to Hindusim.
Location: East of Angkor Wat and south of Banteay kdei
Access: Enter and depart from the east
Date: The first half of the tenth century (921)
King: Completed during the reign of Harshavarman I (it may have been built by high court officials)
Art Style: Transitional from Bakheng to Kho Ker.
The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom. The terrace was used by king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It was attached to the palace of Phimeanakas. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and has long since disappeared and most of what remains are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern side.
Terrace of Leper King
A double terrace wall at the north end of the Terrace of Elephants with deeply carved nagas, demons and other mythological beings. The inner wall is an earlier version of the outer wall that was covered at the time the outer wall was added. The inner wall was excavated by French archaeologists in the late 1990s.
Srah Srang "The Royal Bath"
It was perhaps a chapel to Kama, God of Love. The spot would suit the temper of the strange power, terribly strong and yet terribly tender, and of that passion which carries away kingdoms, empires and whole worlds. Love could occupy this quiet nest embedded in water, which gave the impression that love had come one day and had left there, when he went away, a part of his spirit.
The remains of Boeng Mealea, which are still partly buried under vegetation, consist of perfectly squared-off sandstone building blocks. The outstanding decoration dates from the fist half of the 12th century.
East Mebon is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Baray.
Architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Richly detailed, Well-preserved carvings.
Large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor Wat-style architecture and artistry. The temple underwent extensive restoration this century by archaeologists using the anastylosis method. Banteay Samre was constructed around the same time as Angkor Wat.
A ´baray´ is a water reservoir – an area of land where dikes have been raised to catch and hold water. Beginning in the 9th century, the construction of massive baray and other such grand projects became one of the marks of Angkorian kingship.
A small island temple located in the middle of the last baray (the Preah Khan Baray or Jayatataka) to be constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area. The central temple sits at the axis of a cross or lotus pattern of eight pools. Originally known as Rajasri, Neak Pean took its modern appellation, which means ‘coiled serpents,’ from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple.
Phimeanakas Temple (Former Royal Palace)
Impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid. The lack surviving carvingleaves it artistically uninteresting. But it is the tallest scalable temple in Angkor Thom, providing a nice view from the top. The western staircase (at the back) is the most easily ascended.
Towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’ The first to be constructed wholly of sandstone, this temple employing huge sandstone blocks.
Angkorian capital. Hariharalaya. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and is 650x850m at the outer wall.
Roluos Group: Six towers displaying set on a platform, all beautifully preserved carvings. Originally surrounded by walls and gopuras of which only vestiges remain. Preah Ko was one of the first major temples of the empire at the early Khmer capital of Hariharalaya.
Roluos Group: Ruins of an island-temple built in the middle of a now dry baray, Indratataka, the first large-scale baray constructed by a Khmer king. Lolei consists of four brick towers on a double laterite platform.
River of One-Thousand Lingas
It is located at the foot of the mountain. Along the river of Siem Reap, there are a lot of figures of Yoni and Linga spreading out at its bottom.
It is located at the foot of the mountain. Along the river of Siem Reap, there are a lot of figures of Yoni and Linga spreading out at its bottom.
Kulen Mountain National Park
The Kulen Mountain or Phnom Kulen is declared as a National Park. It is an isolated mountain massif located in Svay Leu District and some 48km from Siem Reap. Its highest point is 487 meters. This is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the constructional period of the ancient temples in the nineth century, sand stones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. It was here at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D.
The temple complex at Koh Ker, northeast of Siem Reap, represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD. – 944 A.D. – a very unique period in the Age of Angkor. From the time the Khmer capital was first moved to the Angkor area in the late 9 th century, it would remain there for almost 500 years, with one brief interruption. Just a few decades after the establishment at Angkor there was a disruption in the royal succession for reasons that remain a matter of academic debate. What is known is that in 928 A.D. King Jayavarman IV, possibly a usurper to the throne, created a new capital 100km away at Koh Ker, either moving the capital city from Angkor or creating a rival capital. Obviously a king of much wealth and power, he raised an impressive royal city at Koh Ker of Brahmanic monuments, temples and prasats, surrounding a huge baray (reservoir) Rahal.
Prasat Preah Vihear is the compound of words Prasat, Preah and Vihear means "castle", sometimes "temple"; in Sanskrit Preah means "sacred". "Vihear" mean "shrine" (the central structure of the temple). The word Vihear could be related to the Sanskrit word Vihara which means "abode."
The temple was built at the top of Pey Tadi, a steep cliff in the Dângrêk Mountain range which are the natural border between Thailand and Cambodia.
The Temple is also listed by Cambodia as being in Svay Chrum Village, Kan Tout Commune, in Choam Khsant District of Preah Vihear province of northern Cambodia. The temple is 140 km from Angkor Wat and 320 km from Phnom Penh.
In 1962 the ICJ ruled that only the temple building belonged to Cambodia, while the direct way to access the temple is from Thailand. Construction of the first temple on the site began in the early 9th century; both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu
in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara
. The earliest surviving parts of the temple, however, date from the Koh Ker
period in the early 10th century, when the empire's capital was at the city of that name. Today, elements of the Banteay Srei
style of the late 10th century can be seen, but most of the temple was constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I
(1002–1050) and Suryavarman II
(1113–1150). An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols
, golden bowls and elephants
, to his spiritual advisor, the aged Brahmin Divakarapandita
. The Brahmin himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva known as "Nataraja". In the wake of the decline of Hinduism
in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.Tonle Sap LakeTonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, is itself a natural wonder.This great lake exists as an ecological anomaly. In early June, at the start of the rainy season, the water level of the Mekong River rises to divert part of its flow off its course to the South China Sea and redirect it into the Tonle Sap. This forces the current to reverse direction, beginning a process that by the end of October will see the great lake increasing its size almost tenfold, making it the largest freshwater body in Southeast Asia.
Angkor National Museum
The Angkor National Museum is classified as one of Cambodia’s premier museum sites. On display are thousands of important Buddhist and Hindu sculptures from the various Angkor temples. Many original pieces recovered for safe-keeping by the authorities from the temple ruins are also on exhibit at this museum.
Cambodian Cultural Village
The Cambodian Cultural Village is designed to provide tourists with an excellent insight into the life and culture of the Cambodians; their traditions and practices, etc. In all, eleven villages or sectors, each a showcase of different landmarks and providing a peek into the lifestyles of the people from various provinces including the ethnic minorities.
Siem Reap may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and time-less landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife and is the gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto it-self, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions.
Around Siem Reap Town
The reason most people come to Siem Reap is to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park. The town is worth strolling about for itself and there are a number of means to go about enjoying the city. Going about on foot is perhaps the most leisurely and most rewarding. Here, the pace may be quite laid-back to some, but all in all it’s a pleasant place to be at. Along the streets, there are many shops offering services and goods ranging from the basic necessities to fine silk; chic galleries with beautiful display of local art pieces and lots of souvenirs.
For food, there are whole streets catering for the travellers tastes, with tasty Khmer fares such as Amok and ‘Khmer curry’, or pizzas, hamburgers and other international cuisines. Explore the backstreets for more shops and restaurants and have fun. In the evening, stroll down Pub Street and mingle with the crowd. There is never a lack of colours while in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap Pub-Street
In Siem Reap, after returning from the temple tours in the evening, many tourists are taken to the Pub Street to take advantage of the happy hour deals or a good meal. The street is so named because it is lined end to end on both sides by pubs, restaurants and shops.
Siem Reap Night Market
Like the one in Phnom Penh, the Angkor Night Market is also designed to give visitors a secure and enjoyable shopping and dining experience in a vibrant, contemporary Khmer environment. Both these night markets offer a wide variety of stalls offering a diverse range of goods and services. A ‘must visit’ when in the vicinity.
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