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Facts sheet
Angkor Wat sunriseAngkor Wat East sideThe Angkor temples at Siem Reap in Cambodia are one of the wonders of the world. They are also attracting more and more visitors as the row of huge hotels lining the road from the airports testifies. We head there from Vietnam hoping that it is not too late to see these amazing buildings before it is too late.

Although Angkor Wat is packed with tourists at sunrise (left), you can actually find quiet spots where you can admire this temple and the many others in peace.

Top level of Angkor WatAngkor WatAngkor Wat is the largest, and most spectacular temple here. Particularly amazing are the four galleries of bas-reliefs where thousands of carvings show historic scenes and depictions of Hindu mythology.
Gallery of bas reliefs Bas Relief
Steep stepsPrincessClimbing to the top of this, and many other temples, is not for the faint hearted as the steps are extremely steep. Getting down is even more exciting!

You are rewarded by more spectacular architecture and carvings.

Angkor Wat was built during the reign of Suryavarman II in the first half of the 12th century and is remarkably intact as successive invaders have left this amazing monument to Khmer art largely unspoiled.

Bayon headAngkor Thom, to the north of Angkor Wat, was the last capital of the Khmer empire, built at the end of the 12th century.

There are many temples and monuments here including the spectacular Bayon. This 'temple-mountain' was built by Jayavarman VII and has over 200 giant faces carved into its 54 towers.

Face Face Face
Bayon bas reliefsBayon bas reliefsThe Bayon also has some fabulous bas-reliefs around its outside walls. These depict many scenes from daily life as shown here.
Gophura or gatewayRow of demonsThe five gateways (gophuras) to the Ancient City are crowned with 4 heads and have three headed elephants at their bases. Each is guarded by rows of gods and demons carrying the body of the snake, naga.

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