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5 history facts about Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is to Cambodia what the Taj Mahal is to India -- an historical site of such majesty that it draws visitors from all over the world. As the world's largest religious monument, there's a lot to discover. Here are some facts to get you started.

What does it mean?

The name roughly translates to 'Temple City' or 'City of Temples', which gives you sense of the scale. Like any good ancient city, it's surrounded by a huge moat and high walls.

Would you look at the size of it!

Built resemble the mythological Mt. Meru, the center of the universe, this place was always intended to be the temple of all temples. It's no wonder they made it so big!

Architecture

The temple features a cluster of five lotus-reminiscent towers, called a "quincunx," and multiple levels linked together by steep staircases, colonnades, and wide courtyards.

Interior

The walls of the temple are intricately carved with Hindu "devatas" (deities) and depict scenes from Hindu scripture, as well as defining moments for the Khmer empire at the time.

The temple today

After decades of neglect, Angor Wat has undergone serious restoration efforts with the help of foreign institutions, resulting in a steadily increasing number of visitors.

Angkor Wat: Our Tips

Do I need to hire a guide?

Given the massiveness of this site, and how much there is to learn about its very walls, it is highly advisable to find yourself a guide.

How much does entrance cost?

There are three types of passes avaliable; 1 day pass ($20), 2 or 3 day pass ($40) or 1 week pass ($60). Make sure you specifiy which pass you would like so as not to be over-charged!

Keep your pass with you at all times

You will be asked to show your visitors pass at many different points in the complex, so keep it handy at all times!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    5:00AM - 6:00PM
  • What is the price?
    A single day pass costs around $20 USD
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessary, but advised.
  • How to get there
    From Siem Reap, the best option is to go in a private van. Taxis, tuktuks, and bikes can get you there too.
  • Additional tips
    Though it may be hot, remember to dress appropriately! The dresscode indicates no shorts or sleeveless tops.

What People Are Saying About Angkor Wat

Professional, informative, friendly....we couldn't have asked for more

The day was very well planned, the guide was waiting for us at the given time. Both he driver were helpful and friendly. We had an amazing trip, thanks to Chaen. It shows on this form that I'm from the United States but I'm from England.

Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Gillian, 02/21/2017

A wonderful way to discover Angkor Wat and beyond.

Our guide Sam was waiting for us in our hotel lobby and the day started with a quiet drive to the western end of the temple. Sam walked us to a quiet spot to watch the sunrise. We almost felt like we were the only people there. It was spectacular. He then guided us through the temple complex and gave us a fascinating and informative tour. He always new a way to escape the crowd.

Angkor Wat Sunrise: Small Group Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 02/21/2017

Amazing location and an even better guide!

Rida (Pronounced Ree-da) was an AWESOME tour guide! He was able to discuss so much wonderful information about Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and the various other small temples/palaces we visited. He also talked about the rich culture of Cambodia. He was extremely personable, cordial, engaging, and friendly. His English was very good, too.

Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Benjamin, 02/10/2017

Bun's an amazing guide with 20 yrs experience couldnt have been better

We went to Angkor Wat, then Angkor Thom, then Ta Prohm, with breakfast and lunch stops along the way. Bun was a fantastic guide, and new a bunch of good spots we're we could still get great vantage points and photos and avoid the throngs of tourists. He was highly knowledgeable about each site and gave us plenty of fascinating information about each of the temples. All up it took about 8 hours with a 5am pickup. This was the best thing I've done in my 3-week trip to Cambodia. Also great value - I recommend it to everyone!

Angkor Wat Sunrise: Small Group Tour Reviewed by Lily, 02/01/2017

Anazing mix of lonely jungle paths and impressive temples

Thanks to our great guide Lot, a perfect organisation including breakfast, lunch and riding though lonely paths in the jungle, good places to see the sunrise and the beauty of the temples by avoiding the crowds, good quality bikes, a good blend of history and fun.. we could not have enjoyed it more. Highly recommended and wothwhile going up early!

Angkor Sunrise Discovery on Bike Reviewed by Susanna, 01/17/2017

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