Long lost in the jungles of Cambodia, the temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer some of the most spectacular examples traditional Khmer architecture. Numerous important landmarks present themselves in the temple complex, and they have become the most identifiable symbols of Cambodia.
Angkor Wat is the largest, most iconic and best preserved of the temples of Angkor. This is the largest religious building in the world and is easily reachable from Siem Reap.
The Bayon Temple is characterized by 216 gigantic smiling faces covering its 54 gothic towers. Bayon is located just north of Angkor Wat.
The Ta Prohm ruins have literally been swallowed by the jungle. After years of neglect, trees and vines cover the remains of this temple. Ta Prohm is located near Angkor Wat and was made famous by the movie Tomb Raider.
This Hindu temple was built in dedication to Shiva. It is considered to be the best example of Angorian art with its elaborately carved pink stones. Banteay Srei is located 16 km northwest of Siem Reap and can be reached by bus.
Located deep in the jungle, this riverbed has many images of Hindu deities carved directly into it. The hike through the jungle follows the river, and visitors can cool off underneath a waterfall. Visitors can reach Kbal Spean, 31 km northwest of Siem Reap, by bus.
Article Written By Patrick M. Lind
Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.