Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត, Ângkôr Vôtt [ʔɑŋkɔː ʋŏət]; lit. 'Temple City' or 'City of Temples'), located in northwest Cambodia, is the largest religious structure in the form of a temple complex in the world by land area (more than three times Vatican City's area), measuring 162.6 hectares (401+3⁄4 acres). At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of four towers surrounding a central spire that rises to a height of 65 m (213 ft) above the ground. The temple has three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. It lies within an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2+1⁄4 miles) long and a moat more than five kilometres (three miles) long.
The temple was built at the behest of Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as the state temple for the empire. Originally constructed dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the early 12th century, it was converted to a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
Enid Son | Mar 3, 2018
A true wonder to visit this amazing temple. You need at least 4 to 5 hours to appreciate the architecture and carvings. I would definitely recommend you take a professional guide. It is so much more interesting to know the history and the how the carvings came about. They are very strict with dress code. No shorts, no exposed shoulders, no dresses - they will not allow sarongs. So wear long pants and make sure that your cover up your arms. Find out the sunrise times - it is a sight not to be missed and hope for a clear sky.
Fra Pham | Feb 11, 2018
The biggest ancient temple complex in the world, such incredible architecture build around 12 centuries ago! Also know as City of Temples in Khmer, it's a very large area to visit, the best way if you like adventures it's to rent a bike, you will be able to cover over 15-20km in a day and your own peace and enjoy this mystique place. Come early in the morning to watch the amazing sunset!
Fan Lau | Mar 1, 2018
Great sunrise in the morning. But you have to wake up at 4:30 am in the morning to join the sunrise fans group (more than thousands fans). After sunrise, reach the opposite side of temple (the side of sunrise), then enjoy your private photography trip (at this moment, most tourist will focus on the front of the temple). because the front side will full of tourist and without sun.
Oscar Choi | Jan 25, 2018
To be perfectly honest, if you go to Cambodia and not visit this place, you are literally wasting your own money. This is one of the few places that is worth visiting in Cambodia. It signifies their history and religion. It is quite big although most of it is almost he same. You can amaze at the delicate handicraft of ancient sculptures when you look at their walls and statues. For me, I enjoyed looking at the walls more than the statues. At times, there are wired smells though and I didn’t really enjoy that smell. The pond is also quite muddy and not the best I have seen. But allow me to repeat, if you go to Cambodia, this place is a must-see.
Stuart Rose | Feb 13, 2018
This was just a magical experience, worth getting up before sunrise walking towards the temple with torches in the dark, to get the beautiful silhouettes of the temples as the sunrises. Fantastic place to explore. Would recommend hiring a guide as very informative. Worth every moment being there.
Stefi Jay | Mar 13, 2018
A true wonder of the world. I will never forget visiting here. It is hard to put the experience into words. Certainly worthwhile going at sunrise - even if the weather isn't the best the crowds are smaller and the temperatures are comfortable. Take some time to learn about the culture before visiting so not to insult the locals. A good guide will know how to tour you through the temple to avoid large groups.
Chamnan Muon | Apr 5, 2018
A must-visit attractive historical and UNESCO site in Cambodia. The biggest religion temple in the world. It is really beautiful architecture that was built during the 12th century. Fresh air plus a great view surrounding clear and nice water. Please read Code of Conduct for wearing clothes before going to visit inside the temple. The entrance fee is free for nationals and for foreigners $37 for a one-day visit, $62 for a three-day pass, and $72 for a week-long pass. Love Angkor Wat!!
Jai Chotalia | Mar 13, 2018
Place is amazing!!! It's a place of history. A placed of wonder. A place of prayer. Temple history toggle between Buddhist and Hinduism. There is so much too see. A lot of walking... I wish to urge the tourism of Cambodia and the govt to preserve this - the number of tourism (like myself) will over time deteriorate the temple grounds, please protect what you've got! The places is vast, please wear shoes for walking. Bring food and water. Buy your ticket ahead of time. There is no ticketing office at the temple grounds and buy the multi day pass. Your only coming took Cambodia for this. Don't worry about a few dollars!!!
Ronaldo Carvalho | Apr 2, 2018
One of the most incredible experiences of my life!!! No matter how much I try to write, words cannot express it. I would suggest an early start. I was at the ticket office at 5.30 am and noticed how many people were doing the same thing. I just guess it gets too crowded during the day. I was across the pond before sunrise but it turned out to be a cloudy day. The temple area is breathtaking! Monks walk around, people meditate. It is not the usual ruin, temple attraction. This one was never abandoned. This one has character and feelings. Somehow I felt connected to people who were there before. It was such a blessing!!! I suggest people go with an open mind, not expecting much. It will turn you upside down. Words can’t describe it. The sun decided to show up as I was leaving it. The photos can’t express it. Beautiful experience. There is a massive connection to the divine, the spiritual world over there. If you concentrate you can feel it. Goosebumps are a common happening. Tears are not unheard of. Energy at its peak. So peaceful!!! Even with the crowds around!!! I’ll be back. I can’t wait to be back. Angkor Wat is a wonder of this dimension.
Naomi Hilton | May 2, 2018
What a surreal experience. My sister and I were definitely not disappointed after seeing the intriguing details in the temples. We're from Florida, so we're used to high heat and humidity. If you aren't, I recommend you prepare yourselves. Temperatures in March were about 104 degrees Fahrenheit. As you adventure around, there are people offering rides to and from the different temples. There are also people selling clothing and lots and lots of delicious fresh fruit. Really, there's nothing like it. I hope to go back some day.
Souzanna | Apr 28, 2018
This place is a must see! I will certainly recommend it to all family and friends when I go home. Be prepared with the heat and humidity. On day one, my fiancé and I went through 4.5 litres of water and two coconuts each. Bring lots of tissues as well for the endless sweat that you will encounter. Take it easy and move slowly. For most temples, my partner was able to get in without having to wear long trousers, but for the temple that we were taken to for sunset he had to wear long trousers. So bring long trousers with you and also long sleeve top to use for those temples that require it. Also make sure you don't wear flip flops, a lot of the stairs are steep so you need good footwear. People will try to inflate prices when it comes to buying elephant pants, fruit, coconut water but you can negotiate prices with them. Spend at least two days there so buy the 3 day pass. There are so many temples to see and a lot ground to cover. Let alone sunrise and sunset.
Isaac Harling | May 1, 2018
A very well maintained, beautiful and precious collection of buildings. An absolute must see. Pleased that the roads are being kept well, the litter is minimal (particularly when compared to some other historic monuments in SE Asia), tours are relatively few. This allows you the time and space to really enjoy and appreciate these stunning places.
Zuhdi 'Allam | May 1, 2018
Magnificent and massive compound of temple. Twice I have been here (2012 and 2018), always discovered a new thing. The architectural pinnacle of past Khmer civilization. Tourists will not disappoint have visited this place. No wonder it is a World Wonder! One of place you must visit before you die!
Sai Kit Yong | Jun 3, 2018
Come here early to get a nice spot for that signature sunrise view. Bring your own breakfast while enjoying the sunrise. Bring mosquito repellent as well. Avoid the food stalls on the left side of the lake, the price isn't worth it. Angkor Wat is beautiful with all the carvings, etc. If you want to know more about the history of this place, there's always guided tour available for hire on the spot form roughly $10. You can also climb up to the Bakan which is limited to 100 people at any one time, so come back here in the late afternoon or evening if you want to go up because it'll be empty in the evening and you can enjoy the sunset as well.
Eric Delamere | Jun 5, 2018
This is a truly wonderful place to visit. There is so much history and heritage in this vast outdoor location. If you ever get the chance to visit, do not miss it. Buy the 3 day pass and travel with a tour guide as there is just so much to know and to learn. A fantastic world heritage site, highly recommended.
Joy Qiaoyi Wang | Jun 3, 2018
Weather was breezy when we got to the Temple at 4am for the sunrise. We couldn’t catch that typical cotton candy sunrise because it was too cloudy but the temple itself was vast and surreal. It’s crazy how one empire came to be and fall so quickly, the history behind all was fascinating to learn as well. Would recommend a sunrise tour so that it’s not super hot when you visit the other temples, our tour finished by 11am.
Philipp Bisle | Jun 27, 2018
Such an amazing, wonderful and historic place. This temple complex takes your breath away. It is massive. There are so many little things to discover. The architecture is so lovely. The garden is amazing. Really it is very difficult to describe this unique place. Definitely a must visit on your Cambodia visit!
Van Hwynn | Jun 14, 2018
Such a magnificent piece of history. I'm really glad we had a guide who was able to explain its history. It's the most famous temple, so if you go during high season, it'll be littered with tourists. Luckily I went during low season (June) and was able to enjoy it with much less people. It was also nice to have the overcast to block the harsh sunlight and see the temple in a dark setting that was so magical.
Dominic Rajan | Jun 22, 2018
One of the most excellent and amazing place on earth. Should be classified as one of the wonders on earth. Biggest and largest place of worship in earth. Very very ancient and excellent architecture. Very very huge temple when it was created, then later converted to Buddhist monastery . Government should take more effort to maintain this wonderful monument.
Hayley Joiner | Aug 2, 2018
What a beautiful place to visit. We went for the sunrise and although not the best, it was a lovely experience. The temples are stunning, although some disrespectful graffiti in places. We queued to go to the top of the middle tower, and we were not disappointed. The views were spectacular and it is a lot quieter up there as only 100 visitors allowed at any 1 time. The steps are very steep, no children, pregnant ladies are allowed and shoulders and knees must be covered. Awesome stone carvings all around. The sellers are not pushy, and their prices are cheaper than the markets and same quality. Really wort a visit to this stunning temple.
Lou O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018
Angkor Wat has been on a bucket list of mine and it didn't disappoint. It's an amazing structure and compound. I highly recommend hiring a guide before you go in. We hired a guide for the day and the insight not only into the temples of their every day way of life was fascinating. We lined up to go to the top of the temple, it was about a 25 minute wait in the hot sun, but the view and the breeze were well worth it. We came back at sunset for a picnic with friends around the moat.
Brandon Johnson | Aug 15, 2018
Angkor Wat is an incredible piece of history, and to be able to explore the grounds on foot is truly amazing. As with many destinations, it was different in person than I imagined. It was SO packed with tourists that at times it was hard to enjoy (and I was told it was the slow season). Photos were so hard to capture at times because of the congestion. The temple itself is fantastic and fun to explore. We went first during the last morning to explore the temple and then returned the following morning for sunrise. The sun was behind the clouds and the view wasn't phenomenal, so maybe think twice before waking up at 4:30am for a great photo. There are plenty of other amazing photos to be taken.
Oscar Choi | Aug 14, 2018
To be perfectly honest, if you go to Cambodia and not visit this place, you are literally wasting your own money. This is one of the few places that is worth visiting in Cambodia. It signifies their history and religion. It is quite big although most of it is almost the same. You can amaze at the delicate handicraft of ancient sculptures when you look at their walls and statues. For me, I enjoyed looking at the walls more than the statues. At times, there are wired smells though and I didn’t really enjoy that smell. The pond is also quite muddy and not the best I have seen. But allow me to repeat, if you go to Cambodia, this place is a must-see.
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