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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!


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.


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

A fantastic tour, insightful, varied and deeply interesting

Thank you Chomnan, you were a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and easy going. I highly recommend taking this tour if you want to understand the meaning of this beautiful landmark. Without a guided tour, it would be very difficult to see everything, Chomnan helped us get some magnificent photos
Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Adam, 10/18/2016

Amazing sunrise tour. Worth the early start!

The temple is amazing and our guide was fabulous! Loved our time in Cambodia the highlight was of course the Angkor Wat temples, and Siem Reap was a lot of fun too :)
Sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple Reviewed by Paul, 10/14/2016

Great introduction to the temples of Angkor

Vitou was so very knowledgeable on the history of the area and this made the day really fun and exciting. A definite must if you only have a short time for tempke exploration
Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Monique, 09/24/2016

Reda our guide talked us round 5 temples brilliantly.

Our driver and guide arrived on time, brought us for entry tickets avoiding the queues and placed us in best spot for the sunrise on Angkor Wat. We wanted to get the most out of our day and visited five temples getting as much information on each as we wanted from our guide. Our driver provided cool water and ferried us between the sites. There were three in our group so all had time to ask questions. A fabulous day out . Thanks to Reda we have lovely memorable pictures of the trip.
Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/13/2016

A great way to see another side of Angkor Wat away from the crowds

I had an amazing time on this tour. The guide was great and the service was second to none. The riding was occasionally challenging but ok for almost any fitness level. Highly recommended.
Angkor Wat Sunrise 9-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by William, 07/27/2016

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