Considered to be one of the important archaeological sites of South East Asia, Angkor Wat calls Cambodia home. Stretching across an area of 400 square kilometers , the archaeological park is home to different capitals belonging to the Khmer Empire ranging from the 9th century to the 15th century. It’s popularity keeps increasing day by day and many tourist make their way to explore this gem. Which in turn have resulted in the rise of many luxury hotels in Siem Reap.
Some of the famous temple complexes within the premises are Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple. If you prefer to stay close to this UNESCO world heritage site then Anantara Angkor Resort is only a stone’s throw away. There are also several historic monuments, ruins of temples , large water reservoirs found within this well-preserved park. The layout and the architectural design of the complex bear evidence to the social order and the ranking within the Khmer empire. The site is considered to be a highly important religious and cultural site as well as one of significant historic importance in terms of architecture as well as archaeology.
There are also villages found within the premises where one can still find ancestors belonging to the Khmer period still residing. These villages are scattered throughout the park even at present. Their main livelihood is agriculture and most importantly rice cultivation.
There have been many conservation works that have taken place on the premises and the majority of it has taken place during the period between the 1970s’ and early 90s’. The park is considered to be one of the largest operating archaeological sites in the world and the tourist activities involved have been a great value addition to the economy however it also poses the threat of irreplaceable damage.
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