Historic Sites in Siem Reap

Historic Sites in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap Historic Sites

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  • TonyB
    Helsinki, Finland86 contributions
    So many beautiful temples everywhere in this area. I think this one is worth visiting on your 3 day temple tour but not if you only have 1 day to explore. Enjoy!
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • David
    Oxford, UK1,264 contributions
    The Angkor Archaeological Park is quite simply one of the best places I have been to. So many fascinating sites to look at. Exploring to do. The beaten track to go off. The entry ticket is amazingly good value, and ensures the maintenance of the Park, as well as facilities which support visitors, such as the Restrooms which are near all of the more-visited temples.

    It so so amazing to see the great work which has been done by many dedicated people over the years to ensure that the Park can be visited.

    I look forward to it's continued preservation.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    This temple is just up from Bayon Temple, where this temple adjoins the southern enclosure of the Royal Palace. Some climbing of staircases, which provide some great views of the complex and surrounds. This temple is part of the Angkor Thom complex of temples! Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King are all in one sequence, adjacent to each other and all of these can be done just by walking from one to the next as we did.

    The side adjoining the Terrace of the Elephants is the East side. On the western side, the retaining wall of the second level was fashioned into a reclining Buddha 60m in length. Walk the entire perimeter to reach the other side to see it. It's in open-air, so you only have to enter the complex and not the monument, though you do have to climb a ton of stairs. The Reclining Buddha, though huge, is not in great shape, the lower half is totally gone and you have to really use your imagination to make out the features of the remaining top half. You wouldn't even notice it exists unless you really know what you are looking at.

    Steep stairways lead to its upper terrace and to awesome views of "Angkor Thom", as well as of part of "Angkor Archaelogical Park" but climbing up may be quite difficult and physically demanding.

    Baphuon is approached by a 200m elevated walkway. Clamber under the elevated causeway leading to Baphuon for an incredible view of the hundreds of pillars supporting it.

    There aren't as many carvings in this temple.
    Written 15 December 2022
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    The area consists of a central temple with four wings, preceded by a hall and also accompanied by two libraries, the southern one remarkably well preserved.

    The eastern causeway and entrance are the most impressive while on the western side you can walk for around 500m along the dirt trail and see remnants of a stone causeway that leads to the edge of the now dry East Baray.

    The highlights of the site are numerous and include the well-preserved bas-reliefs on the frontons, tympanum/pediments, and lintels plus the remains of the ancient sarcophagus. Though I will admit that they are not as extensive as in other temples.

    There is parking at the front of the site at the eastern entrance along with toilets and drink stalls.

    A visit here can be combined with a trip to Banteay Srei.
    Written 22 December 2022
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  • Kirstin G
    Canterbury, UK278 contributions
    This temple didn’t have the wonder but awe of Angkor Wat but had a sense of peace. It is in a quieter area of the archaeological park and you can hear birds and nature, rather than people chatting. I would recommend adding this temple into your itinerary.
    Written 15 January 2023
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    One of the five gates of Angkor Thom, located on the eastern side. Very impressive ruin of Victory Gate of Angkor Thom.

    Although restored, it is not as well-preserved as the one at South Gate - many bodies and most heads missing.

    As per the other four gates providing entrance to Angkor Thom, Victory Gate is a stunning ancient marvel preceded by a moat with a stone causeway that is lined with a grand naga railing being pulled by 54 stone giants, Asuras and Devas, representing the constant tug of war between good and evil and the ‘Churning of the Sea of Milk’ from Hindu mythology. Few heads of the Asuras and Devas remain and this naga railing can be enjoyed in superior condition on the southern gate.

    It is topped by a tall tower with faces of the Buddha carved on all the four sides. For a better view, you can climb atop the stairs on the sides of the gate. This way you can get very close to the huge face and have a bird’s eye view of the naga railings.

    Your driver can wait for you on the other side if you want to walk thru.
    Written 18 December 2022
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  • Linda Y
    Frisco, TX5,648 contributions
    The word is out that Phnom Bakheng temple, the highest in Angkor Archeological Park, is THE place to be at sunset. So, it’s a given you won’t be alone here! It’s uphill to the temple, just take your time. When you arrive, there is a steep set of stairs to the top; fortunately, there are handrails. Great spot for a birds-eye view of Angkor Wat in the distance (note you will need a zoom lens to capture a close-up photo). There are also beautiful sunset views over West Baray. Don’t go if weather is questionable, allow yourself plenty of time ahead of sunset, and be prepared for crowds.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Jane B
    Oxford, UK64 contributions
    We visited this memorial as a family (myself, my husband and our 3 boys - 16, 14 & 12y) during a brief stay in Siem Reap.
    Sadly there were no guides available so I don’t think we really got as much out of this moving place as we should but it was still well worth visiting and utterly overwhelming.
    We all realised how ignorant we were about the history of the Cambodian civil war and visiting this memorial prompted some very deep family discussions. We went home and did a lot of research into what happened and the tragedy and terror that went along with this story as a result of our visit.
    If you can find a guide, I would definitely pay a bit extra for this but either way, do visit. This is a part of history that should never be forgotten. It is utterly terrifying that all this happened within the last 50 years.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • David
    Oxford, UK1,264 contributions
    This temple predates other temples by a couple centuries. The building style is notably different, with an abundance of red stone and animal statues.

    The Temple reportedly stood at the centre of a great reservoir, one of the largest hand-cut reservoirs on earth. You can still make our the contours on satellite images. Being similar in size to the West Mebon/Baray reservoir to the NW of the town of Siem Reap.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Xhara71
    Rochester, UK366 contributions
    Similar, but possibly slightly more impressive than Lolei temple, this is a series of temples built for the ruler and his family at that time in the 10th century. One unusual aspect of this temple is it's not symmetrical
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Greg S
    Sydney, Australia1,587 contributions
    This temple is part of the complex of temples complex at Angkor Tom. You can’t access this temple! However, the architecture is still great. This temple is the west entrance to Phimeanakas temple!
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Patrick D
    Warsaw, Poland5,246 contributions
    It's a small 10th-century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace, a Its original Sanskrit name is unknown. The modern name in Khmer, "Prasat Kravan", means artabotrys odoratissimus temple. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu in 921
      The only interest lies in the bas-reliefs dedicated to the god Vishnu which are located on the interior walls.
    Written 15 December 2019
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  • r0landbrunner
    Zurich, Switzerland1,768 contributions
    once upon a time a swimming pool of Royal size, now it is forbidden for normal folks to have a swim. but it is still a nice place, just accross the Banteay Kdei compound. sitting in the shade, gazing out on the water, and watching out for some Royal swimmer... relaxing.
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • Muguncjb
    Chennai (Madras), India1,051 contributions
    After visiting Angkor main temple for few hours which almost took more than 2 to 3 km distance walk which no one can avoid (because of the far away parking area due to the canal front of the Angkor wat temple), next started to visit Bayon temple in Angkor thom area.

    The entry point to Angkor thom area is the Angkor south gate and the surrounding canal. Just before and very close to it is the Baksei Chamkrong temple. Most probably every tourist will stop in this area. However, this area was reached in just 5-7 minutes ride from Angkor wat. So can have quick look/visit at the temple without entering inside to save time, as the next big attraction Bayon temple needed a lot of walk again. Decide spending time at Baksei Chamkrong temple in case if the trip is for one day only. If the Angkor trip is for more than one day, then can spend some time at Baksei Chamkrong temple.
    Written 30 November 2019
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  • traveltotelltales
    Singapore, Singapore93 contributions
    The gate, the balustrade, the asuras and the devas on a single frame against a sunny midday just took my breath away. Angkor wat is at the pinnacle, but Angkor Thom is no less either. I have enjoyed the temples here the most. You just cannot, cannot miss Angkor Thom.
    Written 22 February 2022
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