Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom (Bayon Temple), Banteay Srey and PreRup Temple

Friday, March 11th ~ Siem Reap

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

The ancient city of Angkor, was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. The city contained hundreds of temples and held a population possibly over one million people, making it the largest city in the world during the Industrial Revolution! The largest and most well-known temple is Angkor Wat. 

“Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.” ~ World Heritage Convention

We took over 400 pictures today and it is impossible to properly sort them all down in the small amount of time I have left this evening before getting some much-needed sleep. So I have decided to just post a few favorites this evening from just the first temple to give you a sneak peek. I will attempt to do a more in-depth post at some time in the future to give this magnificent site the attention it deserves.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat (Temple City or Capital Temple) has been a major tourist destination in Cambodia since 1990. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the largest religious monument in the world, covering approximately 500 acres. It as build roughly between 1113 and 1150.

We also visited Angkor Thom (Bayon), Banteay Srey and Pre Rup Temple, but I will have to post pictures from each place in a future post as it is almost time to jump on the bus and I have not showered and packed yet. In the meantime, you can check out each link if you are interested in reading about them.

Angkor Thom (Bayon)

Known as the “Great City”

Banteay Srey

This 10th century temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. It is unique in using red or pink sandstone that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings. One of the favorite temples it is often called “precious gem” or “jewel of Khmer art”.

Pre Rup Temple

“The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning “turn the body”. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body being ritually rotated in different directions as the service progressed.” ~ Wikipedia

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am so grateful to have had a long time dream fulfilled to visit and explore Angkor Wat. The temples and structures are awe-inspiring, memorable and something to be experienced for yourself.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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10 Responses to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom (Bayon Temple), Banteay Srey and PreRup Temple

  1. Erma z Laraway says:

    I went to Cambodia two years ago and loved it. It is really my favorite Asian country. I am so glad you began to enjoy it after a rough start

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  2. 400 pictures in a day!!!! We couldn’t have done that 20 years ago with all those film rolls! Good luck selecting them and enjoy! ☺

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  3. 400… I am laughing. Same with me, overtime I travel The plusses and minuses of digital technology. When is there ever time to process! –Curt


  4. David says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience at Angkor. For me, visiting the temples of that area has been a travel/life highlight. I loved Bayon and Banteay Srey but perhaps my favourite moment was entering Angkor Wat before first light and being virtually alone in there because most people were waiting for the classic over-lake photograph. The sense of peace and movement from shape-shifting shadows was remarkable. Thanks for bringing it back to me!


  5. cruiseplannersctwv says:

    Angkor has intrigued me for quite some time.


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