Angkor Guide 2023

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Featured Image The Bayon, Angkor Thom

Featured Image: Entrance to The Bayon, Buddhist Temple, Angkor Thom

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Angkor Guide 2023


We are thinking of going to Siem Reap and Angkor in Cambodia again as part of a trip to Thailand in January 2023. We went there for the first time ten years ago in 2013.

Over the years, I’ve been to many historical sites representing vanished empires for example Borobudur (9th C) in Java, many Greek and Roman cities, Macchu Picchu (15th C) and Cuzco in Peru, Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico city, many historical sites such as Khujaraho (885-1000 CE) and Hampi (6-14th C) in India, Taxila in Pakistan (1300 BCE to 540 CE) and others. And, these are only some of many around the world.

The Angkor Archeological Park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site is the equivalent of any of them. It is huge and it is beautiful and certainly a must see, if possible.

Angkor Area and Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat — the city that became a pagoda — is not only the grandest of all the Khmer temples but also a city in its own right.

The Angkor Archaeological Park is spread out over 400 square kilometres and contains innumerable temples. It is the site of the famous city and temples of the Khmer Empire.

The area was dangerous not long ago and battles were fought nearby in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot were in power. Cambodia hasn’t recovered and is one of the poorest countries in Asia.

The ruins of Angkor cover a dynasty of 26 Khmer rulers from 800 BCE to the early 1300s, the empire reached its peak in the 11th to 13th centuries. Its competitors at its most prosperous were the Siamese to the west and the Cham from Vietnam in the East, particularly the latter.

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