Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes.
For several centuries Angkor, was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance.
The architecture and layout of the successive capitals bear witness to a high level of social order and ranking within the Khmer Empire. Angkor is therefore a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archaeological and artistic significance.
Panoramic view of the Angkor Wat
Let’s start the tour with a beautiful panoramic view of the Angkor Wat. The whole of the temple complex is surrounded by water and there are only two ways to enter the area. One is the Angkor Wat gateway and the other is the Ta Kou entrance which is on the other side of the complex. This image has been taken from the sandstone cause way which leads to the Angkor Wat gateway.
Angkor Wat Gateway
Angkor Wat North Library & South Library
Inside view of Angkor Wat North Library
View of the Angkor Wat from the Basin
Angkor Wat – Battle of Lanka Gallery
The northern half of the west gallery shows scenes from the Ramayana. In the Battle of Lanka, Rama (on the shoulders of Hanuman), along with his army of monkeys, battles 10-headed, 20-armed Ravana, captor of Rama’s beautiful wife Sita. Ravana rides a chariot drawn by monsters and commands an army of giants.