♦ The Khmer Empire officially the Angkor Empire, the predecessor state to modern Cambodia was a powerful Hindu-Buddhist empire in Southeast Asia. The empire, which grew out of the former kingdoms of Funan and Chenla, at times ruled over and/or vassalised most of mainland Southeast Asia.
Its greatest legacy is Angkor, in present-day Cambodia, which was the site of the capital city during the empire’s zenith. The majestic monuments of Angkor — Such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon — bear testimony to the Khmer Empire’s immense power and wealth.
Impressive art and culture, architectural technique and aesthetics achievements, as well as the variety of belief systems that it patronised over time. Satellite imaging has revealed that Angkor, during its peak in the 11th to 13th centuries, was the largest pre-industrial urban centre in the world.
Δ Angkor Wat was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.
HISTORICAL RELICS OF ANGKOR
Travel to Cambodia with the Angkor heritage, you will be able to see the beauty of the two main temples, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, just 6 km from the North of Siem Reap. This particularly important relic of Cambodian tourism can be divided into five main areas:
ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR THOM
This is the most famous tourist locations of Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a temple which architecture has glorious in the whole relic, while Angkor Thom is the old territorial capital.
Angkor Thom owns outstanding temples and architecture such as the goddess Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Phnom Bakheng temple on the top of the hill (you can ride the elephant to there), Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and five large gates lead into Angkor Thom. These are the most characteristic images of Cambodian tourism that everyone wants to be once come to here.
You can not miss this area with the famous “ancient” Ta Prohm temple, where the works of nature combine with the works of human beings creation. The stone architecture of the temple is wrapped in tangerine with the branches and roots of the ancient trees, creating a spectacular, attractive views to pull of tourists to Cambodia.
This area also has a similar work as Ta Prohm Temple is Preah Khan Temple: stone walls interwoven with old trees. Also out of the Big Circuit, there is an ideal sunset view place is Pre Rup temple that you definitely have to watch!
The remains in this area belong to the ancient city of Hariharalaya, which chronicle is older than Angkor, in which the Bakong temple with pyramidal architecture is the most prominent stimulation for visitors.
Located quite far from the remain center, but this area has the most unique works, divided into 4 temples for you to visit:
BANTEAY SREI Temple is attracted mainly by the greatest architectural details that you can not take your eyes off.
KBAL SPEAN Temple remains, also known as the 1000 linga location (linga is the workship symbol of the Indian valley civilization), with rocks under the surface of water in a rectangular area between forests.
BENG MEALEA Temple is a close-up remain to nature, with plants growing on ancient architecture, creating a fresh, but old-fashioned atmosphere.
PHNOM KROM Temple is located on a hill, overlooking the Tonle Sap Lake, an enjoyable experience when traveling through Cambodia.
⇒ Cambodia’s Angkor heritage is a special experience for Buddhist followers who love to explore the remains of the past as well as enjoy the wild beauty of nature.
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