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Attractions in Siem Reap

 

Siem Reap has been experiencing a gold rush. A sleepy backwater until recently, it has expanded at an unanticipated speed, with hotels, resort, restaurants and spas mushrooming to match the millions of tourists who fly in every year to visit Angkor. The gateway to this ancient temple complex which is high on the 'it' list of hot destinations ever year, Siem Reap has become an international playground.

Attractions
 

Pub Street

This is where it happens at night when the street is blocked to motor traffic, tables are set up on the curbside and the music is cranked several decibels higher. Pub Street is a block away from the Old Market and is lined on both sides with restaurants, offering vast choices of Khmer and international food, and numerous pubs which attract the crowds with their happy hour deals starting around 5pm.

 

Psar Chas

Psar Chas or the Old Market, is a must on every itinerary. Located at the south end of the old French Quarter, it springs to life in the early morning and stays open till dusk.

Angkor Night Market

A 10 minute walk from Psar Chas, the Angkor Night Market tourists a chance to shop at the end of the day. Officially opened in early 2007, it is located at the back of Sivatha Road and has expanded from an original 100 stalls to 170 with a planned maximum capacity of 250 outlets.

 

Angkor Complex

The sprawling megalithic complex of Angkor is no longer Asia's best kept secret. Hidden for centuries by jungles, Cambodia's ancient treasures and far-flung temples are at last emerging. More and more visitors are being lured to explore these mysterious temples and the rich and proud civilization that lived in them.

Angkor Wat

Set on top of a 27m artificial hill, Wat Phnom is Phnom Penh's tallest temple and the center of activity during Pchum Ben, the Festival of the Dead. Legend has it that Madam Penh built the temple in 1373 to house six Buddha statues that were washed up by the Mekong River.

Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom, which is Khmer for "Great City" is a fortified city which might have supported one million people in the surrounding region at its height. Built by Angkor's greatest king, Jayavarman VII, it is laid out in a near perfect square, which runs north-south and east west.

The Bayon

The Bayon sits in the exact center of the walled Angkor Thom city, and with its 216 enigmatic stone faces, is as much an icon of the Angkor kingdom at its heyday as Angkor Wat itself.

 

Ta Phrom

One of the most popular sites in Angkor, atmospheric Ta Phrom, the Tomb raider temple, remains very much in the grip of the jungle. Tropical roots as wide as tree trunks split the massive temple stones or grow on top of the temple ramparts. In recent years, underbrush has been cleared and fallen blocks organized into piles.

Phnom Bakheng

On the summit of a natural hill 400m south of Angkor Thom is Phnom Bakheng, the center of the first kingdom of Angkor. In 889, King Yasovarman abandoned Roulous, and built his temple on a hill, in keeping with the Hindu concept of the temple-mountain representing sacred Mt Meru.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei has low walls and is one of the smallest complexes in Angkor but stands apart from the other temples for the delicacy and detail of its carvings and the wonderfully decorated pediments. 

 

 

Phnom Kulen

Phnom Kulen is the holiest mountain in Cambodia. It was here in 802 AD that King Jayavarman declared himself the god-king and breaking away from the Java kingdom. This is the birthplace of the Angkor kingdom and modern Cambodia.

 

Preah Khan

Preah Khan was the largest temple complex built during the Angkor era. Spread over an area of 5 sq km, it exceeds Angkor Thom (3.3 sq kms) and Banteay Chmar (4 sq kms). Built originally for a Hindu god, it became a Buddhist temple in the 12th century.

     
   
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