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.
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.
2) The beautiful view from the Angkor Wat
Its complexity and beauty both attract and distract one’s attention.
3) The architectural structure and style
5) Buddha inside the walled entrance
Fun Fact: Did you know the Angkor Wat was formerly a Hindu temple?
6) Check out the King’s private pool!
7) The remains of the children’s library
This was almost completely destroyed in Cambodia’s Civil War.
8) Take a look at the detailed sculptures on the Angkor Wat’s walls
9) Upper Gallery at Angkor Wat
To enter, you must follow a dress code. Shoulders should be covered and long pants are required.
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.
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.
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.