Today an archaeological park houses the remains of what was once a masterpiece and the heart of the Khmer empire – Angkor.Located in Siem Reap, Angkor stretches over 400km2.Being a popular tourist attraction in the region, getting around and finding accommodation around the area is not very difficult. Whether you are after a luxury hotel in Siem Reap or want to check out the hostels – there is a handful of them to pick from. However, if you want to relax and let someone else do the organising of your tour to Angkor then hotels such as Anantara Angkor Resort will be more than willing to do so.
Angkor complex consists of temples, hydraulic systems such as canals as well as communication routes. Being the capital of the Khmer kingdom for centuries the infrastructure leaves the modern day man in awe due to its sophistication. The famous temples within the complex include Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm. Which are great pieces of evidence of the Khmer architectural style? The Angkor Wat is the most famed temple within the complex, the temple was built for the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is home to some of Cambodia’s artistic treasures which are lined on the walls depicting the Cambodian history.
The temple was recognised and declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1992. Even though Angkor Wat was predominantly a Hindu temple as Hinduism was what was widespread. The later years saw the construction of Angkor Thom including Bayon, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan as structures that celebrated Buddhism.
Another element that is found here that leaves most scientist puzzled is the Baray- the western Baray is a reservoir that has no outlets and most argue that this was used for irrigation activities however some believe that this was built for religious or political reasons. One of the most mind-blowing things at the archaeological complex is to catch the sunrise over this regal structures.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.