5 Mysterious Temples of Angkor Wat Brian Vu Monday, June 26, 2017 No Comment

Angkor complex is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Spreading across an area of 400 square kilometers, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park containing magnificent remains of the different capitals of Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.  Most significantly, its thousand - year old Angkor temples is an ideal tourist spot for those who are engaged in travelling and exploring the culture, nature and history.

By 9th century, the talented architects and craftsmen created a wonderful architectural complex, including 600 « works » scattering in a thick forest of 45 square kilometers. In the picture is the back door of Angkor.

This architectural complex features huge towers, temples, and corridors that are made of stone, stacked up on the top of each other.Furthermore,  the lively stone decorations such as Buddha statues, dancers, warriors, and lotus illustrations of the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics capture the attention of both worshippers and tourists right they set foot in the temples.

The temple complex stretches over an area of 1.400 meters in the North - South and 800 meters in the East - West respectively. Significantly, it is surrounded by a deep and wide moat that makes the atmosphere in Angkor more comfortable. Two boys picking water lilies early morning are captured in the picture.

The complex reserves and preserves prominent characteristics of Buddhism. Occasionally,  tourists might see monks slowly walking around the temple. It needs to mention that watching the sunrise and sunset in the religious Angkor is such a « wonderful » experience that may happen once in your life. The scenery of the temples bathed by the golden sun at sunset is extraordinarily beautiful, actually, a kind of overwhelmed beauty that can touch the deepest part of your soul, so you can not shake it off. 
Entering Bayon Temple, tourists are immediately « overwhelmed » by the lively beauty that you might have watched on 3D cartoons. The temple features 50 stone towers connecting to each other based on a unique architecture rule. To build the smiling Buddha statues, the craftsmen and architects had to break the mountains for rocks and dropped down the raftboats into the river.

Undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor, Ta Prohm Temple, also called Queen Tomb should be high on the hit list of every visitor. It is for the main reason that, unlike other temples of Angkor, it has been « swallowed » by the jungle. Noticeably, the smiling Buddha statue is hidden at the root of a thousand –year – old tree. Yet, it ‘s interesting that people are not curious about these strange things because no one can give the answer.

Banteay Srei temple seizes the title of the smallest and charming tourist spot in Angkor. It is not a traditional temple in Angkor because of the distance of 25 kilometers away from large relics.

However, it fascinates tourists with a special kind of red stone, a color additive added to the elaborate sculptures on the walls, which are still reserved and preserved today.

Walking around Angkor, you see the paintings of Buddhism and Angkor being sold along the way. However, because of the « overload » of tourist turns, Angkor is currently dealing with the « alarming threats » of quality.

Tourists often flock to Phnom Bakheng Temple built on a hill between Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, with the height of 65 meters to watch the stunning sunset. This temple served as the religious centre of the first Khmer Kingdom of Angkor, called Yasodharapura.

Situated at the top of a hill, today Phnom Bakheng Temple is a « worthy-visiting » tourist spot for those who love to hold the panorama of the sunset of the amazing Angkor Wat.


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