A very popular city in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is declared as the 7th World Wonder by UNESCO in 1992. Their architectural landscapes are a masterpiece and mind-blowing to the world in terms of authenticity and complexity. Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a must-see temple. Being the largest religious temple in the world, Angkor Wat was a colossal masterpiece and still as of today. It was once ruled under the Khmer empire which ruled almost the whole of Southeast Asia. A multi-day pass is given to visitors who wanted an extra visit to see the outer temples.
There are 4 other temples when visiting Cambodia that will surely last all day. These temples are:
The Bayon— The ancient entrance to Angkor Wat is the Bayon Temple. The architecture of the temple itself is carved in stone face towers to represent Meru Mountain used in Hindu and Buddhist origin.
Ta Prohm— Featured in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the ancient architecture of Ta Prohm Temple became memorable. The towers of the temple are covered in roots that pretty much is like a jungle looking. The temple is originated from the Buddhist religion.
Banteay Srei— The temple of Banteay Srei is a Hindu temple that represents the God of Shiva. The temple itself is carved in stones that are three dimensional. There, an exhibition of the arts and history of the temple is displayed.
Ta Som— A small Buddhist temple, Ta Som temple is pretty much like the Bayon Temple in structure. The temple was restored by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) for a 10-year programme which started in 1998. The temple is now safe for visitors to visit.
Other then exploring great religious temples, this part of Cambodia also attracts sight-seeing activities.
The Elephant Terrace— A terrace of elephants of around 1000 feet surrounding the paths was used for ceremonial purposes. Both public or royal ceremonies can be done here.
Srah Srang— Srah Srang is another famous place for visiting Cambodia. It was said that Srah Srang is known as The Royal Baths, meaning a bathing place for the people. Nowadays, it was a popular swimming place for children.
Pre Rup— Pre Rup, a pyramid-like temple was built in the centre of a city that was long disappeared. There are three-tiered pyramids that are stable and safe to climb.
As of today, Angkor Wat is still a popular destination and a must-see place. However, restoration is still needed in a few elements on most of the temples. Just try to be careful enough not to break anything or stumbled upon any roots. Other than that, keep yourself being dehydrated during sight-seeing as a protection from being overheated. Wear sunscreen and bug spray to limit mosquito bites.
Be organised when it comes to planning a whole day trip. One temple will take at least 30 minutes just to stroll the surrounding.