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Angkor: Wander with mystical Khmer spirits

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Ancient temples hidden in the jungle.
Destroyed and protected at the same time by the jungle.
Preserved by the jungle.

One civilization. One enigma.
Many temples. Many puzzles.
One great secret.

Hinduism and Buddhism.
The presence of Shiva, Vishnu, and Buddha.

The unity of Buddhist and Hindu sanctuaries and temples.

History of two religions cherished by one civilization.
History of two religions kept in the ancient walls, in the mythological and historical statues and reliefs.

History of one civilization kept in the stone.

Wander among heavenly nymphs Apsaras and mythical serpents Nagas.
Among Khmer garudas, devas and asuras.
Strolling around the promenades and the avenues, the palm trees, the pools, the libraries and the galleries, the towers, the corridors, and the courtyards.

Drifting around the staring faces of Bayon and the naga-bridges of Angkor Thom.
Around hundreds of years old tree-roots of Ta Prohm.
Admiring the mystery of Preah Khan and the magnificence of Angkor Wat.

Wander in the earthly miniature of the Universe.
Getting around a spiritual and creative expression of one civilization.
Going by mind and spirit back to the age of the creation of the Universe.

Watching and admiring the temples proudly defying time and nature.
With dignity telling the story of one civilization.
Showing the victory of one culture over time and nature.

Wander with mystical Khmer spirits.



Apsara, a divine nymph in Hindu mythology
Naga, a multi-headed mythical serpent in Hindu mythology
Garuda, a bird transporting the god Vishnu in Hindu mythology
Devas, benevolent gods in later Vedic texts
Asuras, malevolent gods or demons in later Vedic texts

The best-known Angkor sites:

Practical tips for visiting Angkor and Siem Reap:
For more info and practical tips on how to get to Angkor, average costs and where to stay in Siam Reap, I recommend reading this Siem Reap guide 
Interested how to visit Angkor Wat in one day? Please take a  look of this suggested Angkor Wat One Day Itinerary.
If Phnom Phen, Killing Fields, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, and Kampot are appealing to you, maybe you consider setting up the visit to Angkor into 2 Week Cambodia Itinerary.

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Bayon, Angkor, CambodiaBayon, the central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The best known for the gigantic face towers sculptures

Bayon, Angkor

A gigantic face tower sculpture of Bayon in Angkor Thom

Bayon, Angkor Thom

Serenely smiling face of Bayon in Angkor Thom (literally meaning “Great City”)

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat (meaning “City Temple”) is a temple complex built in 12th century as the capital of the Khmer Empire. It is the largest religious monument in the world.

Blessings in Angkor Wat

A wanderer 🙂 getting blessings from Buddhist monks in Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a UNESCO Heritage site

Angkor Wat

A wanderer in Angkor Wat 🙂

Preah Khan, Cambodia

Preah Khan (meaning “Royal Sword”) is both a Buddhist and Hindu temple


Presat Kravan, Angkor

Presat Kravan (“Cardamom Sanctuary”), built in 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is architecturally an unusual temple made of five brick towers in a row on one terrace


Dance of Apsaras on the Angkor Wat wall

Dance of Apsaras on a wall of Angkor Wat

Bayon in Angkor

A door in Bayon temple

Angkor Thom

Jungle of Angkor Thom

Angkor surrounding

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of the King Jayavarman VII. Ta Prohm is a place where you can feel like Indiana Jones explorer. 🙂

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

A wanderer in Ta Prohm temple or the Tomb Raider temple

Angkor complex sites:

  • Angkor Wat (meaning, “Temple City” or “City of Temples”) – the largest temple and religious monument in the world. Built in the 12th century.
  • Phnom Bakheng ( Phnom means “Little Hill”) – a Buddhist and Hindu temple in the shape of a mountain dedicated to Shiva. Built in the 9th century.
  • Baksei Chamkrong –  a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Built in the 10th century.
  • Angkor Thom (meaning, “Great City“) – founded in the 12th century as  the Khmer capital by King Jayavarman VII
  • Bayon – a Buddhist temple in Angkor Thom built in 12 century as the official state temple
  • Bephuon – a Hindu temple built in the 11th century and dedicated to Shiva. In the 15th century was converted to a Buddhist temple
  • Phimeanakas – a Hindu temple in Angkor Thom. Built in the 10th century.
  • Preah Palilay –  a Hindu and Buddhist temple in Angkor Thom. Built in 12 century.
  • Terrace of the Elephants  –  a large stand for public ceremonies in Angkor Thom
  • Terrace of the Leper King – built in the 12th century with the statue of the Leper King on the platform of the Terrace. The statue represents the Hindu god of death, Yama.
  • Preah Pithu – a group of five temples built in the 12th century
  • Neak Pean (meaning, “Entwined Serpents”) – an artificial island with a Buddhist temple
  • Ta Som (meaning, “Ancestor”) – a Buddhist temple built in 12th century dedicated to father of the King Jayavarman VII
  • East Mebon –  a Hindu temple built in 1oth century dedicated to Shiva
  • Pre Rup (meaning, “Turn the body”) – a Hindu temple built in the 10th century
  • Thommanon (derived from “Dhamma” and “nanda”, meaning “The Supreme wisdom“) – a pair of Hindu temples
  • Chau Say Tevoda – a Hindu temple built in the Angkor Wat era
  • Ta Keo (or “Hamasringagri”, meaning “The mountain with golden peaks”) – a temple in a form of the mountain, Mount Meru.
  • Ta Prohm (meaning “Old Man”, but originally the temple’s name is “Ravajahira”, meaning “Monastery of the King”) – a Buddhist temple built in 12th-13th centuries as a monastery and university
  • Banteay Kdei (meaning, “Citadel of Chambers” or “Citadel of Monks’ Cells“)
  • Srah Srang – a water reservoir
  • Presat Kravan (meaning, “Cardamom Sanctuary“) – a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu
  • Banteay Samre (meaning, “Citadel of Samre“)  – Samre were a ethnic group of Phnom Kulen mountain people
  • Banteay Srei (meaning, “Citadel of Women” or “Citadel of Beauty“) – a Hindu temple built in 10th century dedicated to Shiva
  • West Mebon  – a temple surrounded by a moat. In Hinduism, the moat represents the sea of creation.

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