The Magnificent Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I went to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. Angkor is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Today I’m only going to show you the temples at Angkor Wat.

People Watching the Sunrise in Angkor Wat

People Watching the Sunrise in Angkor Wat

Our tour guide arrived early to pick us up for our Angkor Tour. We headed to Angkor Wat around 4:30AM. Even though it was too early, there were already a lot of people headed to Angkor Wat. According to our tour guide, it was like that every single day.

Sunrise in Angkor Wat

Sunrise in Angkor Wat

I’m in complete awe when I saw Angkor Wat. It felt so surreal that I’m finally in one of the well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The photos don’t do justice, really.

Angkor Wat Hall

Angkor Wat Hall

The entire Angkor complex is estimated to have an area of around 400 square kilometers. Angkor houses temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm. Angkor Wat is one of the temples in Cambodia. It means “Temple City” or “City of Temples.”

One of the Ruins in Angkor Wat

One of the Ruins in Angkor Wat

That’s me sitting at the steps in one of the ruins in Angkor Wat. See how small I am compared to the ruins. This isn’t even the biggest out there. I really wanted to climb all the way up top, but the stairs were steep and uneven. There weren’t any handles to hold on to while climbing the stairs. So yeah, I got completely scared and decided to stay half-way through the stairs.

Small Stone Carvings

Small Stone Carvings

These stone carvings are smaller compared to the others that you will see later. It’s such a pity that it’s slowly deteriorating.

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Devatas:

Devatas in Angkor Wat

Devatas in Angkor Wat

I believe these are devatas which is a Hindu term for deity. There are a lot of devatas carved in stone all over Angkor Wat.

Statues:

Angkor Wat, Buddha, Temple

Angkor Wat, Buddha, Temple

Angkor Wat, Temple, Buddha in Main Entrance

Ruins:

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Ruins, Temple

Stone Carvings:

I’m very fascinated with the stone carvings in the Angkor complex. Each temple houses different stone carvings that tell stories such as the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Very Detailed Stone Carving

Very Detailed Stone Carving

This is my favorite stone carving. I didn’t get to see every corner of Angkor Wat so there may be more carvings that are better than this. The stone carving is very intricate in this entrance.

Angkor Wat, Stone Carvings, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Stone Carvings, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Stone Carvings, Ruins, Temple

Angkor Wat, Stone Carvings, Ruins, Temple

One day of touring Angkor Wat is not enough, what more the whole Angkor complex (we only got a one-day pass.) I highly suggest that you get a three-day pass or a seven-day pass to visit the temples. We were already exhausted after we walking around Angkor Wat and that was just the first temple that we visited. Aside from Angkor Wat, we also visited the Bayon, and Ta Prohm. I didn’t get to take as much pictures in the other temples but I might post them some other day.

Where to stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia? Read my review of Angkor Pearl Hotel here.

Angkor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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4 thoughts on “The Magnificent Angkor Wat

  1. The place looks serene and much different from the ones we saw in Thailand (very crowded). It looks like you could even go to the top of the temple (11th photo from the bottom). Very nice photos! 🙂

    • We went to the top of that temple. The ladder was steep and uneven but good thing they put wooden stairs with handles. There were plenty of tourists but since Angkor Wat was huge, the people were in different temples.

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