My Visit to Angkor Wat Complex has somewhat put to reality the days when we used to research and detail this temple for our History of Architecture Subject. More than Just a sacred Religious Site for Buddhist , Angkor Wat is a showcase of early mankind’s craftsmanship and ingenuity, making it one of Man’s greatest Architectural Masterpieces . On my first morning in Siem Reap, I rented a tuktuk for $ 19 USD that i could catch the temple as the sun rises behind its towers and perfect symmetry. At 4:30 am , Indeed, it was amazing!
Angkor Complex is around 20 minutes ride from the city. It would have been cheaper if I knew how to ride a bike since they can be rented for only 3 USD. Entrance fee to the complex is 20 USD. You get an ID Pass with your picture in it.
I did not book a guide to talk me though the temples but I made brief researches on its history, and also the maps and brochures I got from Angkor Museum were helpful.
The Angkor Wat Main Building ,
The biggest and most well preserved. While generally considered a temple for worship, some expert say this was built as a tomb , because of its west orientation.
The Bayon in Angkor Thom,
one of the most widely recognised temple in Siem Reap because of the giant stone faces that adorn the towers. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom.
The Ta Prohm
Strangely beautiful as it has been taken over by the jungle , and minimal restoration has been done to maintain its atmosphere of of trees growing out of the ruins. This is the most dramatic of all Khmer Temples .
After I visited the lesser temples , I asked my tuktuk driver to take me back to the main Angkor Wat to see the sunset. But it was obvious that a storm was brewing, so we decided to head back to the City.
It was a tiring day of walking and climbing, but Ill definitely visit this place again to take an Angkor Sunset Selfie =)