Siem Reap

Pub Street in Siem Reap

Officially titled “Street 8”, Pub Street is the center of action as the night falls in Siem Reap. The street, starting off at the Red Piano Restaurant and ending at the Banana Leaf Restaurant, is a 100m stretch of road speckled with neon lit clubs, bars, restaurants, and vendors. Visitors to Pub Street now enjoy a much […]

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Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker TempleThe temple complex at Koh Ker, northeast of Siem Reap, represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD. – 944 A.D. – a very unique period in the Age of Angkor. From the time the Khmer capital was first moved to the Angkor area in the late 9

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Angkor National Museum

Angkor National MuseumThe Angkor National Museum is classified as one of Cambodia’s premier museum sites. On display are thousands of important Buddhist and Hindu sculptures from the various Angkor temples.  Many original pieces recovered for safe-keeping by the authorities from the temple ruins are also on exhibit at this museum. Since the discovery of the

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Kulen Mountain National Park

Kulen Mountain National ParkConstructed: 9th century C.E.Religion: HinduKing/Patron: Jayavarman IIStyle: Kulen The Kulen Mountain or Phnom Kulen is declared as a National Park. It is an isolated mountain massif located in Svay Leu District and some 48km from Siem Reap. Its highest point is 487 meters.  This is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the

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Banteay Kdei Temple

Banteay Kdei TempleConstructed: Late 12th – Early 13th century C.E.Religion: BuddhistKing/Patron: Jayavarman VIIStyle: Angkor Wat/Bayon Built in the late twelfth to early thirteenth century during the reign of Jayavarman VII, Banteay Kdei is known only as a Buddhist temple constructed in the Bayon style.  It has been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries, but the inscription stone has

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Phnom Bakheng

Phnom BakhengConstructed: Late 9th – Early 10th century C.E.Religion: Hindu (Shiva)King/Patron: Yasovarman IStyle: Bakheng Phnom Bakheng was constructed more than two centuries before the Angkor Wat. It is a Hindu temple originally built in the form of a temple mountain dedicated to Shiva. Historians believe that Phnom Bakheng was in its heyday, the principal temple of the Angkor region.  It was the

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Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple Constructed: Late 12th century C.E.Religion: BuddhistKing/Patron: Jayavarman VIIStyle: Bayon Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple built in the late twelfth century or early thirteenth century. Built at the centre of King Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a

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Bakong Temple

Bakong TempleConstructed: Late 9th century C.E.Religion: HinduKing/Patron: Indravarman IStyle: Preah Ko Roluos Group: The most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of the first Angkorian capital. Hariharalaya. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and is 650x850m at the outer wall. Constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple, Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain

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Boeng Melea Temple

Boeng Melea TempleThe remains of Boeng Mealea, which are still partly buried under vegetation, consist of perfectly squared-off sandstone building blocks. The outstanding decoration dates from the fist half of the 12thcentury.  In various times, the pediments of some buildings are sculpted with narrative scenes from the Ramayana, and while Hindu iconographic themes are plentiful,

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