Angkor Wat Temple – Siem Reap
Angkor Wat Temple – Siem Reap
Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap is one of the oldest man-made structures on the planet. It is the largest religious structure on the planet and designed to represent Mount Meru from Hindu mythology.
I could go on and on about the history of the place but I think Wikipedia says it better than I would. If you want to learn more about the history of Angkor Wat temple you should check out the Wikipedia page.
Rising Out Of The Jungle
During your journey from Siem Reap city to the temples you half expect to be able to see Angkor Wat for miles. This is not the case, because of the mass of jungle surrounding the place. As you get close to the main entrance and moat you get your first glimpses of the awesome temple rising from the jungle.
The moat around Angkor Wat temple is one of the main things that have preserved the place over the centuries as it has stopped the jungle from overtaking the temple, unlike some of the temples nearby like Ta Prohm temple which is now half embedded in the roots of jungle trees.
One Block At A Time
As you walk towards the main entrance across the moat you find yourself wondering how they managed to build this awesome structure so long ago and without the use of today’s modern technology.
Reports tell us that the blocks of stone were carried and placed one block at a time, and there are a lot of blocks of stone here. This would have been a massive undertaking which we would struggle to reproduce in modern times.
Inside The Grounds
Once you go through the main entrance and enter the grounds of Angkor Wat you are met with some smaller buildings, large bodies of water where small monkeys run around stealing the hats from tourists, and the majesty of the main temple with it’s amazing towers.
The beauty of the place is simply breathtaking. Something you will never forget.
The Walls Have Eyes – Well Some Do
Once you fight your way inside the main temple area past the masses of tourists you find yourself in corridors lined with the most intricate and beautiful carvings. Again, the undertaking of all the carvings you will see inside Angkor Wat temple is kind of mind-blowing.
Some of the carvings you will see on the walls have been defaced. This is something that happened during the times when ownership of Angkor Wat changed hands over the centuries from Hindu to Buddhist religions and not something that has happened by vandals in modern times.
The Towers Of Angkor
One of the first things you will notice as you head towards the centerpiece of Angkor Wat is the towers of the inner temple. The second thing you will notice is the steps leading up towards them. These steps can be pretty treacherous, so if you are not sure footed you will need to hang onto them during the climb up.
Making the effort to climb to the top of Angkor Wat temple is definitely worth it though. If you have a spare hour or two you can queue up to get to the top most part of the temple. The views from the top are one of the most exciting I have ever experienced.
We Love Photos
In total I took over 150 photos while walking around Angkor Wat temple and grounds. If you want to see them all you can check out the full gallery below.
Put visiting Angkor Wat on your to-do list. You won’t regret it.