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Angkor Wat: The temple mountains of Cambodia
 
What brings so many people to Angkor Wat? From the many things written about the temples and the photos taken, people find something mystical and massive in the stone temples stretching up like fingers to the sky. And so they keep coming to Angkor Wat.

Tourists to Angkor Wat marvel at the carving art covering stone stupas and appreciate the enormous dimensions of the whole site, of which the iconic temple is only a small part. Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular against the temples that were built to represent the sacred mountains of Hindu mythology.

If you're planning a trip, this site is a good place to get started. We'll help you with tips on getting there, what to expect, and where to go next. We aim to bring you closer to the elusive Angkor Wat experience.
 
 
 
 
Angkor Wat and Siem Reap
 
Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of classic Khmer architecture. Based on archaeology studies, it was gradually built over four centuries by Khmer kingdoms and then suddenly abandoned. Whether it was meant as a beacon to the stars or a warning to our urban sprawls of today, no one can tell yet.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

More than a collection of temples, Angkor Wat is in the centre of a royal capital that has almost vanished back into jungle now, with only the stone structures remaining. At its height, the settlement covered an area larger than today's Paris. It's possibly the largest sacred site in the world.

Angkor Wat became known to the Western world in the 1850's when a French explorer's notes on the ruins were published. Archaeologists initially cleared some buildings of vegetation, but the site fell into disrepair when Cambodia was cut off from the world during its civil wars in the 1970's. Restoration work continues even as about a million people come to visit every year.

Six kilometers from Angkor Wat is Siem Reap, a small but bustling town complete with hotels, market stalls and tour operators. You'll find some examples of French colonial architecture here, but most of the area was built up in the last fifteen years. It's another seven kilometres to the newly-built international airport, and just outside town is Tonle Sap, Cambodia's main water basin and Cambodia's vital fishing ground.

The Angkor region is now in northwestern Cambodia, and the kingdom once stretched into much of present-day Thailand. Local sentiments are still sensitive about what they feel to be Thai intrusions on their national treasures.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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