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Angkor Temple List: 7 Must See Temples and Wats
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The sprawling complex that is Angkor Wat is home to amazing some of the worlds most amazing Wats and Temples – 41 sites for you to see to be exact.
If you are only interested in the highlights, we’re here to help! Below are the 7 must-see Angkor temples when visiting Angkor Wat!
1) Angkor Thom
To be 100% clear, this is not a temple but actually an area that housed the last great Khmer empire. Angkor Thom translates to “great city.”
The impressive part about Angkor Thom are the gates that surround the former “great city.”
As you drive through those gates to get to Bayon, Baphuon and Preah Khan, be sure to have your camera ready because those gates are beauties!
This legendary Buddha faced filled temple stands in the middle of the former capital of Angkor Thom.
Built in the late 12th to early 13th century, Bayon Temple is home to about 216 smiling Buddha faces that are scatted about the ruin filled complex.
One of the most well know and honestly, one of our favorite temples will leave you in awe.
Baphuon is another temple located in the center of Angkor Thom.
This three-tiered Hindu temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was constructed in the 11th century.
However, in the 15th century, the temple was converted into a Buddhist temple.
When the temple was converted, part of the Baphuon was demolished and those demolished stones were used to construct a reclining Buddha on the West wall of the temple.
Be sure to look hard or else you’ll miss the reclining Buddha!
4) Pre Rup
A Hindu temple built for the god Shiva was constructed in the 960’s.
Believed to be a cremation temple, Pre Rup is recognizable with its several shaped pyramid tiers resembling the look of a lotus flower.
Pre Rup is a popular place to watch the sunset over the ground of the park.
5) Preah Khan
Built in the 12th century is another temple located in the grounds of the former Khmer capital, Angkor Thom.
The temple is completely flat and laid out as one big giant rectangle.
Much of this temple has been largely unrestored, leaving you a beautiful maze of ruin and nature to walk through.
Be sure to make your way through the whole thing. You’ll be rewarded at the end with a beautiful giant Banyan tree. And we mean GIANT.
6) Ta Prohm
Made famous by the Lara Croft Tomb Raider movies, Ta Prohm is known for its beautiful interweaving web of ruins and nature.
Large roots scale the walls all while the towering trees keep eye on the grounds below.
Unlike most of the temples within the park, Ta Prohm is in much of the same condition in which it was found which is beyond impressive.
7) Angkor Wat
Duh, right? The temple list wouldn’t be complete without the mac daddy temple that is Angkor Wat.
Originally constructed as a Hindu temple to honor the god Vishnu, it was transformed in the 15th century into the Buddhist site we know it to be today.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world occupying 162.6 hectares or 402 acres.
We honestly could go on and on and on about Angkor Wat but to save you the time, we won’t. To sum it up, spectacular and impressive doesn’t even begin to cover how amazing this place is.
Angkor Temple Guided Tour
Regardless if it’s these 7 temples or 10 other ones, a guided tour is a great way to learn more about the ruins that make up Angkor Archeological Park.
Viator is a reputable company that offers guided tours all over the world and of course a handful for Angkor Wat.
For The Budget Conscious: Looking for a humble stay with a Cambodian family? Well, look no further than Yanick’s Angkor Cottage. Stay in a guesthouse that is on the families property. Home cooked meals and sweet serenity await you at Yanick’s.
For The Luxury Inclined: Green Empire Resort is a luxury getaway close to Angkor Wat. With lovely rooms, a nice pool, beautiful gardens and friendly staff you’re in for unforgettable time.
For Something In Between: Located a few miles from Angkor Wat, you’ll find the beautiful Grand Venus La Residence. Grand Venus La Residence is a modern hotel featuring massive pool and a beautiful surroundings far from the noise of Siem Reap.
For more places to stay near Angkor Wat, you can check out the latest places and prices here.
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