Angkor: temples and routes inspection

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Routes inspection

If you first proceed to the examination of Angkor, from its magnitude and diversity of the temples can go around the head and can just get confused. Indeed, temples are so many and they are located so chaotic that it is unclear what to look at first and what can be skipped. Let's face it.

To start once again let me remind you that visiting the temples of Angkor from Siem reap. Within churches and between them there are no hotels, stay in a tent at the temple and next to them is also prohibited. Why stay in a hotel you need in Siem reap, and from the same place to start every day of your "forays into the temples".

There are a few "standard" routes, depending on the number of days you will spend the day exploring the complex. They developed with time and practice, and include all the most interesting. May choose one of these options. It is for these usually, work taxi drivers and tuk-tuks in Siem reap, so if you have any difficulty, they will offer you a lot of options to choose from.

Well, if you are not satisfied with any of the proposed routes, you can make your own and label it on the map. This should pre-read the descriptions of the temples of Angkor below and choose the most interesting.

The following are suggested itineraries from guidebooks, which are often offered by the taxi drivers and tuk-tuks of Siem Reap, and each temple its evaluation of "interestingness" according to one of the guides:

- be sure to visit;
is worth a visit;
- insignificant attraction

Half day tour

One day tour

  • Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom)
  • TA Prohm (Ta Prohm)
  • Pre RUP (Pre Rup)
  • Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
  • Watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng (Phnom Bakheng)

The two-day tour

  • The first day follows the route of one-day tour

  • The second day

    • Option A
    • Option B
      • The sunrise in Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
      • Pre Cana (Preah Kahn)
      • Victory Gate (The Victory Gate)
      • Thommanon (Thommanon)
      • Parsat Cravant (Prasat Kravan)
      • Group Rolous (Rolous Group)
    • Option C
      • The sunrise in Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
      • Pre Cana (Preah Kahn)
      • The Neak Pean (Neak Pean)
      • TA Som (Ta Som)
      • Parsat Cravant (Prasat Kravan)
      • Group Rolous (Rolous Group)

The three-day route

  • The first day

    • Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom)
    • Thommanon (Thommanon)
    • TA Keo (Ta Keo)
    • Inspection and watching the sunset at Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
  • Day two

    • The sunrise in Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
    • Baksei Chamkrong (Baksei Chamkrong)
    • Pre Cana (Preah Kahn)
    • The Neak Pean (Neak Pean)
    • TA Som (Ta Som)
    • Pre RUP (Pre Rup)
    • Group Rolous (Rolous Group)
    • Watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng (Phnom Bakheng)
  • Day three

Special features of the temples

If you are interested in a special remarkable place in the temples, here's a small list

Trees growing out of the ruins:

  • TA Prohm (Ta Prohm)
  • Banteay Kdey (Bateay Kdei)
  • TA Som (Ta Som)

A giant face, carved in stone:

  • Bayon (Bayon) inside Angkor Thom
  • Gate Of Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom Gates)
  • Banteay Kdey (Bateay Kdei)
  • TA Prohm (Ta Prohm)
  • Pre Cana (Preah Kahn)

Detailed, well-preserved bas-reliefs (Repnina)

  • Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)
  • Banteay SREI (Banteay Srey)
  • Bayon (Bayon) inside Angkor Thom
  • Bakong (Bakong)
  • Terrace of the leper king (Terrace of the Leper King) inside Angkor Thom

The sunrise

  • Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)

Watching the sunset

  • Phnom Bakheng (Phnom Bakheng) and Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)

Brief descriptions of the temples of Angkor

Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat)

Главный вид на Ангкор Ват

Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat) translated from Khmer means "city temple." This is the most popular and well-known facility in the entire Angkor.

Angkor Wat is a part of the temple complex of Angkor in the Hindu style, which was the ancient capital of Cambodia until the XV century today it is the best preserved of the other temples located on the territory of the city of Angkor. The temple of Angkor Wat is even depicted on the national flag of Cambodia.

The temple built between 1113 1150 years during the reign of king Suryavarman II (posthumous name Parambikkulam) and, according to one version, was built as a tomb for him.

In 1351 and 1431, the Siamese troops captured the city of Angkor. During the last invasion the city was looted and fell into disrepair. It was abandoned, leaving only the monks.

Since 1992, the Angkor Wat temple in the complex of Angkor, declared a world cultural heritage and taken under UNESCO protection. The specialists of this organization ensure the security of the complex, its restoration and preservation, so today you can see this creation of the Khmer architects. Angkor Wat is one of the main attractions of Cambodia.

In order to protect the monument, to the top tier of Angkor Wat in 2010, a special access mode. Now there can be no more than 100 people, and the time of stay is limited to half an hour. The new rules prohibit the rise to the top children, the elderly and those with limited opportunities that previously were not controlled. Strict requirements to clothes: shoulders and knees are always covered. During Buddhist holidays, the upper gallery is now closed to the public...

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Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom)

Второй уровень Байона

Angkor Thom translated from Khmer means "big city." It deserves special attention and ranks second in popularity all over the Temple complex of Angkor after Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat), largely due to the Bayon temple – mountain-temple with carved faces.

Angkor Thom is part of the temple complex in Angkor, was built in the style of the Bayon and dedicated to Buddhism.

The city occupies a large area and consisted of more than hundreds of temples and buildings:

Built Angkor Thom was at the end of XII – early XIII centuries during the reign of Jayavarman VII (Jayavarman VII) from 1181 1220 and was the capital of the Khmer Empire until the XV century Earlier this area was the former capital city of Yasodharapura, however, after the attack, the Cham (Cham) in 1177, the city was very badly damaged. Therefore, it was decided to build a new capital, near the destroyed. Therefore, in the territory of Angkor Thom is not all temples built by Jayavarman VII: the Phimeanakas and the Baphuon is left of the former rulers. Jayavarman VII himself was a very revered ruler, he brought to life the subjects a new religion – Mahayana Buddhism, the symbol of worship of which was the Buddha.

The population of the capital was about a million people. The city territory was divided axial roads into four equal parts, each of which had its own purpose. For example, in the North-Western part of the Royal Palace was situated in the North-Eastern side lived the family of the king, his entourage, the priests, the South-Western part given over to a beautiful Park in the South-East was situated the markets and various administrative buildings. Outside the city walls lived the commoners. All the houses and some buildings were built of wood, so until our time they remained, the same fate befell the Royal Palace, it was only the stone base for the Terrace of the Elephants.

The symbolism of Angkor Thom based on the legend of pahtani (sportivnie) of the Ocean of milk, displayed on one of the murals of Angkor Wat (in the southern wing of the Eastern gallery). This legend tells about the creation of the world, which is attended by the gods and demons (sculpture they are located at the gate of Angkor Thom). They are holding the snake wrapped around the sacred mount Meru (with her identified the Bayon, located in the city center), symbolizing the center of the world, and alternately pull on itself, causing the mountain to move, thus foaming the Ocean, which subsequently secretes nectar of immortality (Amrita).

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TA Prohm (Ta Prohm)

Ангкор: Та Пром

Ta Prohm (TA Prohm, TA Prum, TA Prohm, the educational staff) translated from Khmer means "ancestor Brahma". However, originally the name referred to as Rajavihara (Royal monastery). It is a Buddhist temple complex and is part of the city of Angkor.

Dedicated to and was erected in honor of the mother of the king Jayavarman VII in 1186 of Greatest prosperity was achieved by the XIII century, there lived more than 12 thousand people, but, as the whole city of Angkor, in the mid fifteenth century Siamese troops destroyed and abandoned.

Clearance of the complex was begun in the 20-ies of the XIX century, However, specialists, who work to restore TA Prohm, it was decided not to change radically the appearance of the temple and its surroundings. Therefore, it is the only temple, "absorbed" by the jungle, the walls and towers of which the entangled roots of trees, and it was done deliberately. Why he, along with the Bayon, is the most popular destination of pilgrims visiting Angkor. Great fame among tourists TA Prohm received after the filming of the movie angelina Jolie's "Lara Croft. Tomb raider". In honor of this event, the Cambodians unofficially renamed it the Temple of Angelina Jolie.

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Banteay Kdey (Banteay Kdei)

Ангкор: Бантей Кдей Banteay Kdey

Banteay kdey (Banteay Kdei) translated from Khmer means "citadel of the cells" and is a Buddhist temple complex. He is part of the huge city of Angkor.

The construction was carried out under king Jayavarman VII (Jayavarman VII) from the middle of the XII to the beginning of XIII century, presumably in place already existed from X century Church. Clearance of the complex was begun in the 20-ies of the XIX century, and despite this, up until the 1960's, there lived a small group of monks. Today, Banteay kdey is not in the best condition, largely due to the use in the construction of poor Sandstone. Everywhere you can see the wooden beams that prop up the various parts of the crumbling buildings.

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Chau Sey Tevoda Of (Chau Say Tevoda)

Ангкор: Храм Чау Сей Тевода The Temple Of Chau Sey Tevoda Of

Temple Chow of This Tevoda and resembles the architecture of Angkor Wat (Angkor Wat) and similar in appearance to the neighbouring Thommanon (Thommanon). Dedicated to Hinduism.

The period of construction dates from the late XI – early XII century and belongs Suryavarman II (Suryavarman II). Purification of the temple began in 20-ies of the XIX century, and in 2009 it was significantly reconstructed.

The road to the temple Chow of This Tevoda is from Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom) through the Victory Gate (the Victory Gate), from which you will have to walk or drive about 500 m to the East on a dirt road and then turn right. If we move from thommanon, you need to go to the South, crossing the road about 100 meters. Cm. Chau Sey tevoda of the map of Angkor

After the restoration of the temple, completed in 2009, and today he is in good condition and worth visiting, however, if you already have the Thommanon, the Chau Sey tevoda, the may be omitted. Perhaps that is why the visitors here are usually a few, but this does not affect commercialism, local activities, which are active in the fight for extracting money from tourists.

On inspection Chau This tevoda you can pay no more than 30 minutes. Time of visit – morning or evening.

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Thommanon (Thommanon)

Ангкор: Храм Тхомманон (Thommanon) Thommanon (Thommanon)

Thommanon, Emanon is a small temple that is part of the complex of the city of Angkor. Some sources consider it in unity with the temple of This Tevoda Chau (Chau Say Tevoda), because they are similar and built in the same style, and are located a few hundred meters of each other.

The construction of the temple belongs to the period of construction of Angkor Wat, about the middle of the XII – beginning of XIII centuries and belongs Suryavarman II (Suryavarman II). The cleaning work of the temple started in 20-ies of the XIX century 60-ies it was restored and is today in the best, compared to some of the temples of Angkor state. The bas-reliefs and constructions Thommanon look great.

The temple dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu.

To get to Thommanon from Angkor Thom (Angkor Thom), you can follow through the Victory Gate (the Victory Gate), from which you will have to walk or drive around 600 m to the East on a dirt road. The temple will be on the left side, but to drive past will not work, because there are always many traders that are very Intrusive. Cm. Thommanon of Angkor on the map

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SRA Srang (Srah Srang)

Ангкор: Сра Сранг SRA Srang

SRA Srang (Srah Srang) - an artificial lake that served as the bath for king Jayavarman VII (Jayavarman VII) and his family, was created in the middle of the X – XII centuries. the end of His impressive size at about 750 m to 350 m. it Is situated to the East of the temple of Banteay kdey (Banteay Kdei)and well worth a visit to combine with a tour of the latest. After passing through the East gate of Banteay Kdey road will lead straight to the stairs leading to the apron of the pool, framed by the figures of Nagas, with three descents to the water Cm. SRA Srang of Angkor on the map. The view from here is quite scenic, so guests can meet here a dawn. According to some in the period of the dry season you can even see in the middle of the pool the remains of a small temple.

On inspection of the pool SRA Srang is to provide up to 15 minutes. The best time for photography is early in the morning.

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 13 September, 2014

A continuation of course. But all the temples of Angkor to describe almost impossible, this requires a separate site. ...
Anna Reutin 22 Nov, 2014
Add about routes. If you have a limited amount of time (1-2 days), you will have time to watch only so-called "small ring" of Church buildings. If you are willing to stay on a little longer - feel free to plan a "big ring". Although after a couple of days all of these facilities are already stale ( ...
Igor Ognev May 1, 2017
Prices are not the same. One-day ticket not 20, and November 2016 is 37 USD ...
Levontiy.CHyanov 28 October, 2017
"At the entrance to the Bayon and Baphuon is the input control, in other temples he is missing."
tickets to Angkor Tom are sold separately from ankorwat or not ? control in these two temples and at the entrance to the gate not ? Bike and stutered you can go inside both complexes, is that right ? There's also stairs for the bridges, as the scooter in drag, and is it possible ? ...
admin 28 October, 2017

The separate tickets to Angkor Thom no, his visit is included in the cost of the ticket to the Angkor complex. Control not only in these temples, but what does it matter: buy tickets and view whatever you want, where you ask, submit a ticket.
Where did you get the information that bikes and scooters can ride inside the temples? Between them, and to the historical and religious object to move did not hear that. By the way, scooter rental in Siem reap was banned, if something is not changed. ...
Levontiy.CHyanov October 31, 2017
Katerina1 20 January, 2018
How many places should I poeticity then..) ...
Akropesgreox 4 March, 2018
Advise correct guide to the temples of Angkor Wat. I want to go in Siem Reap for a few days and see good Angkor. ...
admin 4 March, 2018

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Katerina1 25 July, 2018
you on your own or with tour operator but to see the temples you want? ...