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Famous Place in Asia - Exotics Temple of Siem Reap in Cambodia

Updated on March 31, 2016
The Great Siem Reap with Magnificent Angkor Wat
The Great Siem Reap with Magnificent Angkor Wat

Famous Asia Destination

There are many famous place and exotic great tourism destinations in Asia. Maybe you know about Thailand with Phuket or Indonesia with Bali as “Nirvana Island”. But today, exotic of Siem Reap in Cambodia is one of top tourist destination in Asia. A million tourist and traveler have been visiting Siem Reap since 2007. Siem Reap is growing tourism city and already developing many restaurant, hotels, and galleries, an more. Siem Reap has many natural places, unique culture, and charming local people.

Siem Reap in Cambodia

Siem Reap is one of famous place in Cambodia. Since the fall of bloody Khmer Rouge, Cambodia becomes democratic developing countries. Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country in Southeast Asia that borders Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River Tonlé Mékong and Tonlé Sap Lake.

Famous Angkor Wat - Siem reap Cambodia
Famous Angkor Wat - Siem reap Cambodia

Famous Angkor Wat Temple

What a great destination! There are many flight from around the world to Thailand and then you can going everywhere in Asia. Let’s go unearthing Siem Reap and Asia. Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. As gateway to famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a peace city now and has risen as admirable international tourism destination. Siem Reap has recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site and host to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious building in Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious building in Cambodia | Source

Angkor Wat Amazing Temple Complex

Siem Reap is a gateway to the amazing Angkor Wat, a temple complex at Angkor, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. Angkor Wat means “City of Temple”. The development of this temple takes times around 30 years. Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious building.The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat is wonderful inspiring temple
Angkor Wat is wonderful inspiring temple | Source

Angkor Wat is wonderful inspiring temple in Indochina. It is cover with relief carvings the Ramayana epic of Hinduism. There are two great complexes of ancient temples in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma, the other at Angkor in Cambodia. It is surrounded by a wide moat that is 190 meters wide, and the total dimension is 1.3 by 1.5 kilometers (moat included).

Angkor Thom - Lucky Number 9

Very near Angkor Wat, there's a larger temple complex called Angkor Thom (The Large City). The south gate of Angkor Thom is 7.2 km north of Siem Reap, and 1.7 km north of the entrance to Angkor Wat. Angkor Thom has unique lucky number 9 (nine). Almost everything of Angkor Thom related to number nine: 54 carved towers, 216 faces on the towers, 54 gods on the left of the entrance, and 54 demons on the right – all those numbers adding up to 9. I wish you have 9 as your lucky number too.

Angkor Thom Temple - Siem Reap Cambodia
Angkor Thom Temple - Siem Reap Cambodia | Source

Bayon the Temple of Faces

Bayon is "Temple of Faces" because there are hundreds of large stone faces looking down if you enter the inner sanctum of the temple. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.

Ta Prohm the Temple of Jungle

If Angkor Wat, the Bayon and other temples are testimony to the genius of the ancient Khmers, Ta Prohm reminds us equally of the awesome fecundity and power of the jungle. Ta Prohm has been largely left to the clutches of the living jungle. With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is a favorite for many - who can't help but feel a little like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (which was filmed here) as they pick through the rubble.

Ta Prohm Temple Cambodia
Ta Prohm Temple Cambodia | Source
Kranhoung Stick King - Cambodia
Kranhoung Stick King - Cambodia | Source

Cambodia Major Tourist Attractions

Cambodia is located in the heart mainland of Southeast Asia, which conjures images of a glorious and mysterious past and rich of the cultural heritages, particularly the world's renowned ancient temple city whose magical image draws ever-increasingly tourists from all over the world. For most, Cambodia first conjures up the legendary Angkor, but there are lot tourism attractions in Cambodia:

  • Phnom Seda Orn is nature wildlife and preserves Location Ang Kor Village, Trorpeang.
  • Sambor Town for a nice ride through the countryside hugging the Mekong River.
  • Bak Tra Resort, Pursat is a very popular destination and it should not be missed.
  • Otres Beach is the next beach south of Ochheuteal Beach.
  • Chong Srok temple is located in Chong Srok village, Chong Srok commune, Srei Sithar Kandal district.
  • Goh-Ay Mountain The destination here is a river thats great for a swim.
  • Phnom Chhnok nature wildlife Bos Trobek Village, Trorpeang.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the New Seven Wonders of The World
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the New Seven Wonders of The World | Source


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      Savuth Sames 5 years ago

      Well, Angkor Wat is a real seven wonders of the world I found my self with the priceless heritage of old Khmer ancient.I want to say that "It's really amazing place where we should not forget it for this life!!!... Come and see it for real, then you will see how amazing of it!!!....

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      se7enpub 6 years ago from New York

      Some truly amazing photography here. We're leaving to Angkor in a few weeks and stopping by to read up and do some research. thank you so much for the wonderful info.