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Siem Reap, Cambodia and the Temples of Angkor

by WCC on March 6, 2013

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Siem Reap, located in northern Cambodia, literally means ‘Siam Defeated’. The place is most famous for its beautiful and well preserved temples as well as Angkor Archeological Park, which is quaint and laid back village that is a pleasant place to visit while visiting the temples. The city offers many other forms of entertainment besides these main attractions, including various restaurants, new hotels and nightclubs.

The most popular places among tourists are the temples of Angkor. Some of the more popular temples include Wat Bo, which is the oldest temples interspersed with glittering new artwork that is a complete mismatch to the

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original Angkor artwork and Wat Preah Prom Rath, a temple with modern grounds with a hint of its five hundred year old history. The architecture of the temple is the theme of the lotus, reflecting the styles of the other

temples over the border, however, it also has Bayon style heads as well as various scenes and reliefs of Buddha that seem to emulate Angorkian murals. Another popular place to study the history of the city is the Angkor National Museum, which features high tech video screens and displays that covers the Angkor’s clothing and cultural history.

Angkor Archaeological Park is also a popular tourist destination because of the large number of ancient temples as well as the remains of many capitals from the Khmer Empire between the ninth to fifteenth centuries. The most famous temples in this park include Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple, located at Angkor Thom with multiple sculptural decorations. It also has multiple outlying temples as well as big and little circuit, which gives tours in various locations within the archaeological park.

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Tourists looking for more of a cultural experience as well as a historical one in Siem Reap can visit one of the many cultural performances and festivals. Some of the places that tourists prefer to visit include the Apsara Theater  which hosts multiple traditional, classical and popular dances, Cambodian Cultural village, which features traditional houses and miniatures of Cambodian landmarks mixed with cultural performances and the Smile of Angkor, which is a Grand Theater that features a production of traditional dances of Cambodia shown on large multimedia screens that the theater is equipped with. Siem Reap also hosts festivals like the Water festival, a lavish festival held in the last months of October or the beginning of November and the Annual Street Puppet festival, that are bound to interest tourists with their extravagance and charm.

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The city of Siem Reap has a charm all its own with its tree lined boulevards and old French shop houses, while on quickly heading towards expansion with new apartments, houses, resorts and hotels that keep cropping up in the countryside. It is a place that is meant to be savored rather than rushed.

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Tourists planning to visit Siem Reap can make reservations at Borei Angkor Resort and Spa. It is ideally situated near the Temples of Angkor as well as a mere fifteen minutes distance from the airport. The hotel offers rooms furnished in the Khmer style and various facilities to ensure the comfort of guests.

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 Further Reading:

  • Angkor – UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, …
  • Family Time in Cambodia – After visiting Phnom Penh and the majestic temple of Angkor Wat, the entire family thought the visit was much too short, because we didn’t get see enough of this beautiful country. My wife and I spoke many times about our …
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