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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

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 Wat Sunrise 9-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Susanna, 01/17/2017

Our Guide Vy was personable, knowledgeable and professional

Vy, our guide was fantastic. He knew every corner of angkor (a massive ancient city, so no mean feat), was accommodating to us and our 5 year old daughter. and was an extremely personable and professional guide. if you only have one day, i'd definitely recommend Vy and the team.

Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Nick, 01/07/2017

Amazing experience with a truly great guide!

Our guide Chan was awesome. Informative, warm and a great photographer. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by James, 12/29/2016

a very good guide Mr Kim Chaya and a great tour to begin exploring!

It was a great tour! The guide was very kind and knowledgeable and had a good sense of timing. For me, I would have liked a bit more time on my own to explore on my own at each place. But has I intended to get back to some of the temples by remork it was alright

Siem Reap: Full-Day Small Group Temples Tour Reviewed by Silvia, 12/08/2016

What a spectacular day! Once in a lifetime experience!

Booking a guide with a driver supplying air conditioning and cold water is a must! Chom my guide for the day was awesome! He shared his love and pride of his culture and heritage every step of the way. Providing the history of the temples mixed with recent history and the present....he made this an unforgettable experience! Thank you!

Private Guide: 1-Day Tour to Angkor Wat Reviewed by Daisy, 12/03/2016

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