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Places of Interest in Siem Reap


Angkor Wat ( Siem Reap )

Angkor Wat which literally means ‘City Temple’ is a Hindu temple complex built to replicate the heavens on earth. Constructed by the 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; first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu

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Angkor Thom ( Siem Reap )

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.

 

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Tonle Sap Lake ( Siem Reap )

It is a great lake of Cambodia and largest in Asia. Tonle Sap Lake is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia – a hug dumb-bell-shaped body of water stretching across the north-west section of the country. The lake is very important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia.

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Bayon Temple ( Siem Reap )

The 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.

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Banteay Srei Temple ( Siem Reap )

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.

 

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Phnom Bakheng ( Siem Reap )

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.

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Kbal Spean ( Siem Reap )

A river of 1000 lingas is at Phnom Kulen. There are also carvings of Buddha and Buddhist images in the rock that date from a later period than the lingas.

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Beng Mealea ( Siem Reap )

The temple is largely overrun by vegetation and very lightly touristed, giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style under the same king that built Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat.

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