Top 5 World  Ruins; Thomas Phillips; Gap Year Blog


Cambodia – Angkor

The ancient world has fascinated us for hundreds of years as an enigmatic window into the past. There are many places around the world that still tether us to this ancient time, and give us a sense of the origins of our own civilisations.

Angkor, Cambodia

One of the most impressive examples of ancient civilisation is the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap. Angkor was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom between the 9th and 14th century, and because of this, you can see the evolution of Khmer architecture and art as you wander through.

The most recognisable temple in the complex is Angkor Wat, but there are also the Preah Khan, Ta Prohm and Bayon temples, all of which uniquely imbued with cultural, social and religious significance. It’s thought the deliberate positioning of the temples is also of symbolic significance.

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