EXPLORING THE TREASURES OF ANGKOR – A MEMORABLE JOURNEY

Angkor, at the heart of the Khmer empire, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Stretching over hundreds of square miles, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. There are always mysterious things that attract many visitors from all over the world to come and discover. You might be one of these!

Brief introduction to Angkor Capital

The high concentration of monuments at Angkor Thom and their relative proximity to one another make for a visit on foot that offers a complete, albeit summary, an overview of Khmer architecture as well as a picture of the life of that time.

A walk around the walls, with their monumental gates and the divine protectors standing in front of them, reveals how the defense of the complex was based on more symbolic-esoteric elements than on military structures proper, while a walk inside the palace enclosure revolves around the Phimeanakas, an ancient legendary site.

Angkor Wat Temple before sunset, Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Source: The Internet)

Around the Royal Square, the luxurious monuments – the Baphuon, the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of Tep Pranam, the Prasat Suor Prat and the Khleang (whose function is still a mystery) – bespeak imperial grandeur.

The complex and rather disturbing Bayoniss the last megalomaniacal monument built to honor the deification of the king. The looming presence of these gigantic constructions is mitigated by the large areas of greenery that were once populated by dwellings and service structures and are now an oasis of dream – like silence that boasts the Preah Palilay with its carved scenes from Buddha’s life and the fascinating, deserted temples of the Preah Pithu.

About the legendary history

Angkor Thom is an almost square city surrounded by 8 meter high walls a little over 12 kilometers long with five impressive gopura gates providing access to the city. The city’s name translates to “large city” or “great city”.

The whole landscape of the old Capital. (Source: The Internet)

King Jayavarman VII made Angkor Thom the new capital of the Khmer Kingdom after driving out the Chams , who destroyed the old capital Yasodharapura. He fortified the city by building a high wall around it, in turn, enclosed by a 100-meter wide moat.

Where to visit in Angkor Wat?

Prek Toal A bird lovers’ paradise, the Prek Toal Sanctuary is home to rare storks and pelicans.

Angkor and the paradise of Preak Toal. (Source: The Internet)

Tonle Sap Lake

The floating villages in the Tonlé Sap Lake promise outstanding sunset scenery.

Cambodia Floating House and Houseboat on the Tonle Sap Lake. (Source: The Internet)

Angkor

The temples of Angkor were built between the 9th and 14th centuries when Khmer civilization was at the height of its extraordinary creativity.

From Angkor, the kings of the mighty Khmer empire consolidated their position as one of the greatest powers of South-East Asia, ruling over a vast territory that extended from the tip of what now is southern Vietnam north to Yunnan in China and from Vietnam west to the Bay of Bengal.

It is easy to spend a week or more at Angkor, seeing the temples at a leisurely pace, even returning to the main attractions several times to see them in different light conditions. Unparalleled in South-East Asia, Angkor rates among the foremost architectural wonders of the world and is truly magnificent.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest and most breathtaking of the monuments of Angkor. It is also the best preserved and never fails to reward repeat visitors with previously unnoticed details.

Most probably it was constructed as both a temple and mausoleum for Suryavarman II (ruled 1112-52) to honor Vishnu, the Hindu deity.

Angkor Thom

The fortified city of Angkor Thom was built by Angkor’s greatest king, Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181-1201). The city has five monumental gates, one each in the north, west and south walls and two in the east wall.

Rock Faces of Angkor Thom. (Source: The Internet)

In the center of the walled enclosure are the city’s most important monuments, including the Bayon, the Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas and the Terrace of Elephants.

Bayon

The Bayon takes an easy second place after Angkor Wat as the most popular of Angkor’s many monuments. It’s a place of stopped corridors, precipitous flights of stairs and, most of all, a collection of 54 gothic towers decorated with over 200 coldly smiling, gargantuan faces of Avalokiteshvara.

Ta Prohm

The tranquil and peaceful atmosphere here makes you relaxed. (Source: The Internet)

The temple of Ta Prohm rates with Angkor Wat and the Bayon as one of the most popular attractions of Angkor.Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle and looks very much the way most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Indiana Jones would be thrilled.

This place is absolutely a promised land that attracts millions of curious adventurers every year. Have you ever been here? If not, try it now!

You might be fond of other destinations such like:

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TRIPS TO MYANMAR (PART II)

BOOMING ADVENTURE IN THAI LAND

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TRIPS TO MYANMAR (PART I)

Related Posts


Notice: Undefined variable: no_thum in /home/idealtra/public_html/wp-content/themes/MTStart/single-destinations.php on line 61

15 DAYS VIETNAM CAMBODIA TOUR

Vietnam - a country famous for its long coastline along with spectacular mountain views, diverse natural landscapes. From the golden fields of rice on the backs of the big hills, to the bays with hundreds of thousands of different large and small

READ MORE

Notice: Undefined variable: no_thum in /home/idealtra/public_html/wp-content/themes/MTStart/single-destinations.php on line 61

ANGKOR NIGHT MARKET

Everyone is different. Some love the hustle and bustle of a touristic market.. That’s part of the excitement of these transactions it can go either way. Perhaps in the favour of the seller who gets to make a big profit, or the buyer coming away with

READ MORE
EXPLORING THE TREASURES OF ANGKOR – A MEMORABLE JOURNEY

EXPLORING THE TREASURES OF ANGKOR – A MEMORABLE JOURNEY

Angkor, at the heart of the Khmer empire, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Stretching over hundreds of square miles, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the

READ MORE
KULEN MOUNTAIN – HOLY MOUNTAIN OF THE KHMER EMPIRE

KULEN MOUNTAIN – HOLY MOUNTAIN OF THE KHMER EMPIRE

Situated about 50km north of Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen National Park is one of the most revered destinations in Cambodia, as it features Kulen Mountain. Once referred to as the Mount Mahendraparvata – the Kulen Mountain is a cultural and historical

READ MORE
ANGKOR WAT : BEST OF CAMBODIA TRAVEL

ANGKOR WAT : BEST OF CAMBODIA TRAVEL

Do you know the movie"Tomb Raider"?  Angkor Wat is studio of Tomb Raider and where is an ancient city in Cambodia that was the center of the Khmer empire that once ruled most of Southeast Asia. This civilization went extinct, but not before building

READ MORE
ANGKOR THOM : AMAZING AND MUST SEE IN CAMBODIA

ANGKOR THOM : AMAZING AND MUST SEE IN CAMBODIA

Angkor Thom is undeniably an expression of the highest genius. It is, in three dimensions and on a scale worthy of an entire nation, the materialization of Buddhist cosmology, representing ideas that only great painters would dare to portray. it's

READ MORE