Angkor the ancient capital (IX-XV centuries), the Khmer empire from IX to XII century to dominate the whole of Southeast Asia. Angkor is the most impressive historical monument not only in Cambodia, but also throughout the world.

Angkor map
Angkor map

Angkor included in the UNESCO World Heritage List of cultural monuments. The main temple of Angkor - Angkor Wat, according to many, one of the three most mysterious structures of our planet. The ancient capital was stretched on 24 km from west to east and 8 kilometers from north to south.
The Age of Angkor lasted for seven centuries, from about the eighth century BC, when Jayavarman II (Jayavarman II) held a ritual on sacred Mount Kulen, proclaiming himself king-god.
To this day in Angkor not quite reached the city, but rather as a city temple. At the time, residential buildings were made of wood, because of the hot and humid climate, they have not been preserved, and preserved most of the temple buildings. Angkor Temples were built without cement and in general any material ratchet. Stone blocks in structures mated on the basis of the castle.
In 1431, Thai troops captured Angkor, since the city was depopulated. Over time, it completely captured the jungle and over the next 400 years it was hidden from the people. Perhaps someone from the local population knew about the existence of the ancient city, but because of the impenetrable jungle people did not go there. The first Europeans who saw Angkor, after four hundred years of neglect in 1861 were the French, namely naturalist Henri Muo. People who saw the first of the ancient Khmer capital, were simply amazed by its grandeur, as well as the majesty and mystery of the jungle to protect and destroy it at the same time, for centuries. Over time, much of the jungle has been cleared, which would prevent the destruction of the temples, but some of it was left, that would save a unique and perhaps even mystical mystical atmosphere around.

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Ta Prohm Temple

The Angkor many interesting places and temples, but the most famous of which is Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the largest place of worship in the world and was built in accordance with the ideas of the ancient Khmer about the world.

How to get to Angkor

Get to Angkor can be from Phnom Penh on the Tonle Sap River, which flows into the lake with the same name, not far from which it is Angkor. But the main place where arriving tourists and travelers that would visit the ancient city, a small town of Siem Reap, with a population of approximately 140,000 people. Siem Reap literally translates as defeated Siam (Siam old name for Thailand). In fact, Angkor and gave impetus to the development of Siem Reap. To date, the city has an international airport and a sufficient number of hotels of different levels. A significant part of the population of Siem Reap is engaged in the sphere of tourist services.
Angkor is located about 5-6 km from the city. The tour can be booked at Angkor from local travel agencies, there is even a Russian-speaking guides. You can also visit Angkor independently, planet carrier with the local tuk-tuk or car, which you will be guides). If you wish, you can rent a car or Scooters and completely independently with a map to explore Angkor. We paid $ 95 in 2011 for 3 days with the air conditioning in the Japanese car driver (for some reason did not haggle?). During these three days it took us not only in the temple complex, but also in all the places of interest for us in Siem Reap and its environs. You can make the inspection of Angkor and the tuk-tuk it will be cheaper, but less comfortable, especially in the heat.

Price visit Angkor and how much time to allocate to explore the temple complex

To visit Angkor need to buy a pass, there are several types of passes. Passes for the exchange and non-refundable.
The cost of visiting the temple complex of Angkor: 1 day - $ 20, 3 days - $ 40 (valid for any three days within a week after purchase) 7 days - $ 60 (valid for all seven days in a month). Children under 12 years free of charge passed.
The temple complex of Angkor operates 365 days a year from 5:00 to 17:30. Run the visitors begin at 5:30. After the closure of the church at 17:30 hours, in practice it is the opportunity to stay here for at least 22 hours to carry out the sun and take pictures of the temples in the moonlight.
If you buy a pass after 17:00, you can absolutely legally visit Angkor in the evening of that day (ie, skipping the evening starts to operate from the moment of its acquisition). Angkor area is about 200 square meters. km. So how many days is to provide to visit this wonder of the world.
Local tour agencies offer programs ranging from one day to six days or more. One day is set aside for people really limited in time, but still wanting to visit Angkor. In this case, the tour will take place at an accelerated pace, and you will not be able to enjoy a peaceful inspections churches, temples, some you may not have time to see, although the most important you will be shown.
For the majority of tourists and travelers are likely to be enough 2-3 days. During this time, you can explore in a quiet mode, the most significant and interesting temples. If you are fond of photography seriously, then visit Angkor is to provide at least 3 days. If you select to visit Angkor in the area of 6 days, then you can see in slow mode, all significant and minor temples, as well as to travel to the temple of Beng Mealea, which is located deep in the jungle. At the temple Beng Mealea will take about half a day.

There is the possibility of viewing Angkor balloon. The cost of this pleasure until recently was $ 15 per person. In good weather it opens up a very nice view on and have the opportunity to make great photos of Angkor. The ball rises to a height of about 200 meters and you will be at a distance of 1 km from the Angkor Wat. The whole event takes about 15 minutes. Tel: + (855) (0) 12-520810
There is an interesting opportunity ride on elephants in Angkor. Elephants are about Bayon Temple and South Gate of Angkor Thom. Ride an elephant made between these two points. It costs $ 15-20 for 20-30 minutes.
There is a very interesting opportunity to fly around the temple complex by helicopter and take unique photos of Angkor. flight cost $ 90 per person, duration 8 minutes. Tel: + (855) (0) 63-966072 + (855) (0) 12-449555 www.helistarcambodia.com

Angkor inspiration

Angkor, as early as in our time, is a source of inspiration for creative people - artists, photographers, writers and filmmakers.

French naturalist Henri Muo, first saw the Angkor Europeans said. "What I saw monuments of architectural art are huge in size and, in my opinion, it is an example of the highest level compared to any monuments preserved from ancient times. I never felt so happy as now, in this gorgeous tropical setting. Even if I knew that I have to die, I never would not trade this life on the fun and convenience of the civilized world. " Angkor made an indelible impression of the writer Rudyard Kipling, who served as a prototype of an abandoned city in his book "The Jungle Book." In this book, the Soviet cartoon "Mowgli" was filmed. Among the temples of Angkor filmed quite a few feature films: for example, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. As Russian directors did not escape the attention of Angkor, it is shown in the film "The Golden Section".

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Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat is the largest place of worship in the world, as well as one of the most important historical monuments in the world. Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarmanom II in the early 12th century. The temple is part of the historic complex of Angkor.

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Along the perimeter of Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat, which is 3.6 km long, and the width - 200 m. It is believed that the ancient crocodiles lived in the trench.

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Until now, Angkor Wat is an important religious center, it is often visited by Buddhist monks. Angkor Wat is proudly Cambodia, he is depicted on the country's flag. The temple is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Angkor

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Angkor Wat

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The walls of galleries running around the perimeter of the church are completely covered with bas-reliefs.

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On the bas-reliefs depicting scenes of ancient epics, as well as the life of the ancient Khmer.

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Angkor Wat itself is a miniature model of the world, which imagined ancient Khmers.

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Thom

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Angkor Thom the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire in the XIV - 1st floor. XV centuries. Built in 1177, during the reign of Jayavarman VII on the ruins of war to the former capital of the Champa - Yaśodharapura.

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Stone guard Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom
Stone faces at the entrance gate of Angkor Thom.

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 Bayon

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Byron is one of the most famous temples of Angkor. First of all, his fame poluchiz Bayon because of the large number of stone faces adorn the temple. Bayon was built in the late 12th, early 13th century as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII. Bayonne is located in the center of the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor Thom.

Bayon

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Bayon

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Bayon

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 Temple Phimeanakas

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Phimeanakas means heavenly temple

Tep Pranam temple

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Statue of Buddha sitting in the lotus position in the temple Tep Pranam. The statue dates back to the 16th century, but was restored in 1950, its height of 6 meters.

Tep Pranam
To this day the Buddha statue in the temple of Tep Pranam is of great religious significance, many Cambodians have come here to pray.

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm
The temple of Ta Prohm. This temple got its fame thanks to the incredible entangling roots of trees and ripping its walls than giving everything around mystical atmosphere. The temple started to be built by Jayavarman VII in the middle of the 12th century, the building was completed in the early 13th century.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm
Many trees were cut down and the roots in order to preserve the temples, and some do decide to leave, that would not lose the wonderful atmosphere of the place. No one was filmed among the ruins.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Temple Ta Prohm

Temple Ta Prohm

Temple Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Pre Rup temple

Pre Rup
Pre Rup is one of the most important temples-mountains. It was built during the Radzhendvarmana II, consecrated in 961 or 962 at the beginning of the year. Dedicated to Shiva. Translated name of the temple means "turning the body." In this case, there is a view of one of the activities during the cremation ceremony.

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Temple Pre Rup

Temple Pre Rup

Temple Pre Rup

Temple Banteay Kdey

Banteay Kdey
Banteay Kdey was built by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century in the style of Ta Prohm and Preah Khan.

Temple Banteay Kdey

Temple Banteay Kdey

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Temple Banteay Kdey

Temple Banteay Kdey

Temple Banteay Kdey

Nick Pin Temple 

Temple Nick Pin
Nick Pin. The name of the temple is translated as "curled snake" and as "Nirvana". Built in the second half of the 12th century.

 

Temple Nick Pin
Nick Pins - small temple situated in the middle of the lake on a round the island. The waters of the lake where the Nick Ping considered medicinal, for this in ancient times many pilgrims come here.

Temple of Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan
Preah Khan - one of the largest projects of Jayavarman VII, was built in the late 12th century (1191 lit). In ancient times, Preah Khan was far more than hram- it was a Buddhist university with more than a thousand teachers, and it was surrounded by a fairly large city.

Temple Preah Khan
And a century ago, probably as children played in these places.

Temple Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan

Temple Preah Khan

 

 
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