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Angkor Wat Highlights

Did you know that Cambodia has 4,000 ancient temples? And that if you want to visit them all you'll have to stay in Cambodia for at least two and a half years?

I had the opportunity to visit a few of Cambodia's ancient temples, but the one that really stands out is the Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat is the biggest religious complex in the world and it's considered one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Quick history: This beautiful building took approximately 30 to 35 years to build in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC) by King Suryavarman II. The construction  involved 300,000 workers (Aka slaves) and 6000 elephants, and yet it was still not fully completed.

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Here are the highlights of my visit:

1) This is definitely the best spot to take a picture with the Angkor Wat

When you enter the complex, head over to the only fortress to take this picture.

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2) The beautiful view from the Angkor Wat

Its complexity and beauty both attract and distract one's attention.

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3) The architectural structure and style

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Yes, that tiny person in the middle of the picture is me. Let me tell you, climbing those stairs was not an easy task.

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5) Buddha inside the walled entrance

Fun Fact: Did you know the Angkor Wat was formerly a Hindu temple?

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6) Check out the King's private pool!

(Photo credit: http://goo.gl/4q5vnL)

(Photo credit: http://goo.gl/4q5vnL)

7) The remains of the children's library

This was almost completely destroyed in Cambodia's Civil War.

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8) Take a look at the detailed sculptures on the Angkor Wat's walls

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9) Upper Gallery at Angkor Wat

To enter, you must follow a dress code. Shoulders should be covered and long pants are required.

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10) "Look, a horse from the 12th century..."

As I was leaving the complex, I saw this horse in a costume hahaha. I thought it was hilarious so I took a picture.

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Usually, there are elephants to take pictures with but they weren't there when I visited. My friend Juan Camilo visited the Angkor Wat a few month before and he took a great picture with the elephants. Check it out:

11) These sculptures protect the temple's surroundings 

In the Buddhist religion, they believe Angels protect the temple from demons to enter the complex.

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12) Finally, feed the monkeys!

Monkeys are waiting to be fed as soon as you exit the Angkor Wat. You can purchase bananas from vendors at $1 the cluster.

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11 Comments

  1. Angkor Wat seems to be a nice place. There is so much to do in the temple yet it is as quiet as…….. Like you said, it’s its contradictions that makes it unique. And look at your beautiful self with a happy grin as you fed the monkey.

  2. Angkor Wat is one place we’ve always wanted to go but keep putting it off. Though there are so many temples in our home country India, its always fascinating to see one influenced by other cultures in another country, especially if its one of the biggest around!

  3. I’ve yet to visit Cambodia, so Angkor Wat would be the first place I’d like to see. Never knew there were 4,000 ancient temples in the country, amazing! I love all the stone structures of the buddhas, and the old stone walls.

  4. Cambodia is just next to Vietnam but I haven’t visited this beautiful country yet. I’m planning to go next year and Angkor Wat is a must on my list! Love your reviews and beautiful pictures!

  5. I loved Angkor Wat! I went for the sunrise and it was so beautiful. All the temples in that area were just amazing. I’d love to go back now I have a better camera and capture more pictures!

  6. That temple looks amazing. I’ve seen photos of it before, but I didn’t know much about the history so that was nice to learn. The complex looks pretty large. Does it take the whole day to walk around?

  7. 4000 ancient temples? I understand why it would take so long to see them all! I love how in your pictures there is not any tourists. You must have been on a quiet day, other than the monkeys!

  8. I had no idea that there were so many temples in Cambodia. I would love to visit Angkor Wat for myself one day. I love the detailed sculptures on the walls.

  9. Loved my visit to Angkor Wat too. It’s very impressive, as is the entire city. Not sure if you got to catch the sunrise, but it is incredible during that hour. But you captured the majesticness of the temple very well.

    Side note, I don’t encourage elephant riding. It’s a brutal process on the elephants and you can look it up on what they go through.

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