Cambodia is a small and developing country among Asian countries and Southeast Asia. Cambodia was reached on top of rich culture, civilization, business etc. in the past period of 11th century in Angkor Period (10th – 12th century). Our ancestors has been leaving culture, language, statues, and other magnificent properties as well as Ankgor Wat for our next generation to protect and preserve. Nowadays, 7 wonderful sites and statues are put into World Heritage for all human being by UNESCO are following;
1. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II.
Siem Reap and its Angkor Archaeological Park is one of those places that you have to see to believe. The history, culture and heritage is incredible and not to missed if you are traveling to Cambodia. The Angkor Archaeological Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and where the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire was located. Angkor is home to dozens of ancient temples and ruins, and hundreds of thousands of people flock there every year to visit Angkor Wat for its world-famous sunrises, Bayon for its intricate carved-stone faces and Ta Prohm for the overgrown trees that now cover the ruins of the temple.
If you are visiting Siem Reap for the first time and only have a day to spare, read this article for 5 top temples you must visit in the Angkor Archaeological Park to help plan your trip.
Cambodia, heir to the ancient Khmer Empire, is a land of many facets. It boasts awe-inspiring heritage sites such as Angor Wat, the world’s largest religious structure ever built. It offers impressive natural wonders like the Cardamom Mountains, a fresh water lake with floating villages, and massive rainforests with endangered animal species like tigers, sun bears, and leopards.
Cambodian traditions date back many centuries, such as the unique Apsara dances and funeral, fortune telling, and ancestor worshipping practices — combining Buddhist, Hindu, and animist beliefs. The influence of a nearly century-long French rule is still noticeable in Cambodia’s colonial architecture, café’s, and cuisine.
CAMBODIA: It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.
Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance – and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.
Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west – Angkor Wat – Cambodia’s top tourist destination.
But in July it gained a listing by the Unesco World Heritage, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.
“We have already seen more and more local and foreign tourists flocking to visit our site,” said Hang Than, an official who manages the compound, as he strolled towards one of several temples spectacularly wrapped in tree roots.
Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex in bucolic Kompong Thom province was recently added to Cambodia’s list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Set amidst forest and shaded by towering trees, the unique late 6th century temple city is one of Cambodia’s oldest.
Around 170kms from Siem Reap, Sambor Prei Kuk – which means “the temple in the richness of the forest” in Khmer – is a sprawling complex of one hundred temples scattered over nearly 1,400 hectares of forest, rice paddies and marshlands on the west bank of the Steung Sen or Sen River in rural Kompong Thom.
One of Cambodia’s more off the beaten track archaeological sites, Sambor Prei Kuk sees nowhere near the numbers of the least visited temples in Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap.