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So, here it goes – „Places – E3“ „Angkor Archaeological Park Part 3“ Read about from the beginning
Before I will post again bout different temples … here are some few things you should know bout Angkor as a tourist.

  • Don‘t try to get into the Park without a ticket … not even when you own a K Visa in your passport as I do. They will not let you into. They see it that you are not Khmer. Don‘t take your police cousin with who is Khmer. They don‘t let you in anyway. Get your ticket as legal and common usual tourist at the front entrance.
  • Don‘t try to see everything at the Angkor Archaeological Park“ within one or two days. You will not like it to rush from one place to another place. It is like exploring Paris in one day. It is impossible. Take your time and try to get as smoothy as the Khmer people are. Perfect time is a week in Siem Reap at all and minimum the 3 days ticket (that is exactly the same fee like a two days ticket. 40 US Dollar.
  • Don‘t visit Angkor Wat at noon. There are no shadow places at all and it is hot there.
  • Don‘t wear Flip Flops (like I once did at Phnom Bakheng – very wrong decision). There are temples where you have to climb to enjoy it as long as you are allowed to. The stone is sandstone and if it should get wet. It is very slippery and the steps are not like in the Western modern world. It is naturally used stonesteps built in 900-1350 … so, some years ago…
  • Don‘t get on Phnom Bakheng at the evening. Because you will not be the only one at the mountain. It is a very very long tradition by Asian folks to take pictures of places they visit from the sunsets and sundowns. So, you will probably find 80% of all Park visitors at the evening at Phnom Bakheng. That is not funny. Use the morning to climb at the mountain to find the heavy and big temple with quite difficult stone steps almost empty. You will not have a sundown. That is right. But I promise … it is better to climb up the temple if you got your own time. Promised.

  • Take small money with … you will sooner or later need it for flying traders.
  • Make a plan for temples you want to visit.
  • If you want to be in temples that are crowded than you have to be at Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Phnom Bakheng at the evening, Banteay Srei …
  • If you want to have real entertainment … See Ta Keo, Kbal Spean, Preah Khan (it is a very green temple with a lot of big trees on stones like Ta Prohm but it is more beautiful and not so crowded).
  • If you want to climb. Climb on your own risk and you can do at Ta Som, Ta Keo, Phnom Bakheng, Kbal Spean. You need condition and a good sense of balance.

    SO, anyway, take your time for all temples. You can take guides as well but you can buy guides as books and you can make a list before.

    Here are the last temples I want to suggest you to see and that I like.

    8 Neak Pean

    This is one of the most important architectonical sight in Angkor. It is close to Preah Khan. It is a square of 350 m. It was built as a Baray (water basin) and there were about 13 small lakes in that complex before. 5 of them are restaurated. The Baray is now dry.

    The main „lake“ is 70m wide and has an island with 33m diameter. There is the Prasat built on top. It is decorated with Bhuddhist motives. You just have to see it.

    9 Phnom Bakheng

    This is the temple of the mountain where a lot of people want to take pictures in the evening. There are two different routes to the top … the Elephant way and the walking route. As I mentioned before. I walked up to the hill in the morning and I liked it a lot. And a real big fail. I wore flip flops. That is not good… anyway.

    Phnom Bakheng is the center of Yashodharapura. This was the capital of Yashovarman I. who got crowned in 889. It is of course a Hindu temple. The temple has a 4 km long wall and a 200m wide water canal. At the time of 889 Phnom Bakheng might have been one of the biggest towns of the world. The King built the Eastern Baray to get enough water for all the people.

    Around the temple you can find stone lions. It is beautiful up there.

    10 Preah Khan

    Preah Khan is my absolute favourite temple. I love it and love it and love it and love it.
    That is the first fact and some objective facts. Preah Khan was formerly known as Nagarajayashiri – the lucky and winning city. The modern name means holy sword and is related to the National Sanctuary of the Khmer Kingdom. A modern copy of the sword you can find at the Kingdom Palace in Phnom Penh.

    Preah Khan was built between 1184 and 1191 by Jayavarman VII. and dedicated to his father. There are 450 shrines for 450 divinities. It was not just a bhuddhist sanctuary but there are also shrines for hinduists, local gods, ancestors and so on. There are 102 Prasat and more than one stone buildings in that Preah Khan area. It was a real town.

    There is founding stele that says there were given presents by 5324 people living in the village that sent daily 10 tons of rice and it is mentioned that there lived about 97840 people. Preah Khan was also a place of wisdom and education. You can find there library buildings. Fascinating. Absolutely astonishing.

    11 Ta Keo

    This is the temple of the „mountain king“. It is a not finished temple and it is a temple for climbing. There are no shadowplaces at all. You have to save your head with a hat!

    It was built by Jayavarman V. and maybe it was the center of Jayendranagari – the City of Indra the Conqueror. It is the new Capital of the Eastern Baray. The building started in 985 but was never finished. Even not by the next King. Fasinating are the steps with minimum 55% acsending slope at the East entrance.

    12 Ta Prohm

    Ta Prohm is well known for it‘s appearance at the motion picture „Tomb Raider“ with Angelina Jolie … So that some crazy people get the idea to rename the temple into Jolie Temple. Bad idea.

    Ta Prohm is known for the trees that grow on the stones and between of them.
    Ta Prohm means „temple of Brahma – the ancestor“. It was built in 1182 by Jayarvarman VII. and dedicated to his mother – who got glorified as Prajnaparamita – the mother of all Bhuddhas – and Queen of all Wisdom.

    Well that is quite all by now, I hope you liked the view into Angkor and its magic. I am looking for questions.

    All historical info I have got by the National Geographic Art Guide in German Language from the publishing year 2006. And all other info is completely subjective. All pictures are owned by myself.