Photo Essay : Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Archaeological Park is located near Siem Reap in Cambodia. The Angkor Archaeological Park stretches over 400 kilometers. Angkor served as the capital for more than six centuries for the Khmer Empire. More than two millions tourists visit this magnificent site every year. In 1992, UNESCO declared Angkor Archaeological Park a World Heritage Site.

The important sites of Angkor Archaeological Park includes :

  • Angkor Wat – The biggest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is a great example to show the genius of Khmer architecture. It is a symbol of Cambodia. This temple’s moat and the outer wall stretchs 3.6 kilometers around the main temple. Within the walls are long pathways that lead to the main temple. Along the walls of the temples are relief’s that depict tales from Hindu mythology.
  • Angkor Thom – One of the last capital of the Khmer empire Angkor Thom stretches over more than 10 square kilometers. The main attraction in Angkor Thom is Bayon temple which contains 54 huge towers on which the faces of Avalokiteshvara are carved on four sides. It was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
  • There are lot other places of interest that are scattered around Angkor Thom. They include Ta Prohm (well known because the movie Tomb Raider was shot here), Phnom Bakheng (a mountain which provides spectacular view of Angkot Wat temple), Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

Angkor Wat

Sunrise view of Angkor Wat temple

Sunrise view of Angkor Wat temple

A doorway leading into Angkor Wat temple

A doorway leading into Angkor Wat temple

A tower of Angkor Wat temple

A tower of Angkor Wat temple

Apsarasa carved on the walls if Angkor Wat

Apsarasa carved on the walls if Angkor Wat

Central Courtyard of Angkor Wat

Central Courtyard of Angkor Wat

Angkor Thom

Bayon temple in Angkor Thom

Bayon temple in Angkor Thom

Towers at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Towers at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

The face of Jayavarman VII are carved on the towers

The face of Jayavarman VII are carved on the towers

A woman posing with the Apsara in Bayon temple

A woman posing with the Apsara in Bayon temple

View of Bayon temple from another angle

View of Bayon temple from another angle

A painting of Angkor Wat that was put for sale

A painting of Angkor Wat that was put for sale

Around Angkor Thom

Cham Say Tevoda, Angkor Thom

Cham Say Tevoda, Angkor Thom

Thommanon in Angkor Thom

Thommanon in Angkor Thom

Entrance to Ta Prohm temple

Entrance to Ta Prohm temple

Tree growing on the ruins of Ta Prohm

Tree growing on the ruins of Ta Prohm

Doorway that has been rooted

Doorway that has been rooted

Corridors of Ta Prohm temple

Corridors of Ta Prohm temple

View of Angkot Wat temple from Phnom Bakheng

View of Angkot Wat temple from Phnom Bakheng

Shiva Linga in one of the temple on Bakheng mountain

Shiva Linga in one of the temple on Bakheng mountain

A monk whom came to visit the temples of Angkor

A monk whom came to visit the temples of Angkor

Everybody loves Angkor Wat

Everybody loves Angkor Wat

Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

Karthik Reddy has been traveling around the world since completing his M.B.A in 2012. He is passionate about photography, trying out new food, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and explore places solo.

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