Angkor, Cambodia in Pictures

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Angkor, Cambodia – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Angkor in Cambodia, the largest religious complex in the world offers more than one reason to visit. The complex houses various monuments of importance like Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom.

If you are a history buff, visit this world heritage site to indulge in the stories of Khmer empire who built this temple complex  in 12th century.

To satiate your thirst of magnificent architecture, put this site on your check list. The site is known as the epitome of classical style of Khmer architecture. The mix of temple mountain and concentric galleries around, the bas reliefs,  the intricate carvings of Gods and Godesses on the walls are sure to uplift your architectural love for this temple.

If mythology takes you to places, you cannot miss the largest temple of the world. Hear from your guide the reasons why  Khmer King Suryavarman II broke the tradition of considering Shiva as the prime god and built a Vishnu temple – Angkor Wat. Follow the outer walls of the temple and dive in the Hindu mythology stories crafted on the walls. Walk around Bayon temple to find Buddha faces staring at you from very possible angle.

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For the nature lover you are, get mesmerized by the thick forest cover around the complex. Witness the raw power of nature which is taking over the monuments of Ta phrom temple. You will get astonished on the sight of the trees which are now actually stabilizing and holding the monuments from collapsing. Hence, brace yourself while you see the cascading roots over weathered stone which look quite eerie.

To revive your love for Hollywood and Angelina Jolie, tick Ta prohm off your list when you are visiting Angkor. Everyone’s favorite, Angelina Jolie shot her popular movie Tomb Raider and this temple complex got into the limelight yet again.

If you see the best through your lens, Angkor is definitely the photographer’s paradise. The temples and monuments engulfed within the roots of the trees and crumbled pieces of stones lying close by for mere attention surely makes for the best frames.

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Have you visited Angkor, Cambodia? Share your experience of this marvel in comments below.

 

41 Replies to “Angkor, Cambodia in Pictures”

  1. Neat pictures! Yes Angkor has little bit for every interest… from religion to photography lovers.

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Thanks Indrani. Coming from you is big deal for me 🙂

  2. Beautiful beautiful pictures Saakshi! Haven’t been to Cambodia and because I love architectural ruins this place ranks high on my lists! Loved seeing it through your lens:)

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Thanks Divyakshi. Talking about architectural ruins,angkor in Cambodia and Polonnaruwa in Srilanka top my list.

  3. Nice! Another place I have been planning to visit…

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I think ANgkor Wat deserves one visit for sure!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous photographs! Esp the young man painting, those faces, that tree overgrown on the architecture is all just stunning.
    I miserably missed Angkor Vat when my friends planned to visit the country! I was held up with something else. I really really hope to see this stunning architecture myself soon. I’m thinking of the far eastern countries for 2019 and I really hope this time it wont get flopped!!!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I understand when you miss out things which are so spectacular. I hope you visit it soon 🙂

  5. OMG I wanna visit this place really soon. In your photo shots, Angkor Wat looks amazing!! The tree and the temple structure battling it out for space and the huge sculptures are one to be experienced at least once in a lifetime!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Yup, I recommend you take a 2 day trip to Angkor Wat while you plan your Vietnam thing. It will be totally worth it 🙂

  6. Yes. Angkor has something for everyone. Even my kids loved it.

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Oh wow, I hadn’t thought from the kids perspective.

  7. Abigail Sinsona says: Reply

    Angkor Wat is just one of the most spectacular places I’ve been to. The photos are beautiful and you’ve captured the essence of the temple complex. Seeing it more up-close, it only made me appreciate the level of detail for building these temples!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Angkor Wat is indeed gorgeous. Thanks for your kind words.

  8. Cambodia is one of my favourite countries in the world and Siem Reap was perfect. Angkor Wat is such a fantastic place to explore, we arrived at 4.30am and stayed most of the day! love this!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I agree! Angkor is beyond words.

  9. I have been wanting to go to Angkor, Cambodia for years now but not made it there, even when I was in Vietnam for 3weeks. I really hope to visit one day even more now that I have read your post and saw your pictures. I am a huge fan of ruins and history and also Angelina Jolie in Tomb Ridar 🙂

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Mine was also a 2 day thing only during my 13 days trip to Vietnam. The ruins at Angkor took my breath away.

  10. Thanks for this virtual tour. Your photos are gorgeous! I may be visiting Cambodia next year, and this definitely whets my appetite!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I am so glad that you liked the pictures. You will surely enjoy Angkor

  11. This is a place that is so steeped in history, there is something to learn around every corner! We have a picture with the Tomb Raider tree as well, but I think everyone does! Did you know about the marathon they run there?

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Yup, read about the marathon recently. It must be quite a fun thing to do there.

  12. Cool post and great pictures. Always wanted to go there too but haven’t made it so far. It’s definitely on my bucket list, though! Also, I thought it would be much more touristy..but great that it isn’t 🙂

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      It’s a bit touristy for sure but it’s worth visiting.

  13. I am definitely a history buff and Angkor has been so high on my bucket list for such a long time. We so close and yet we have not visited but with your blog post, I think it is time to start harassing Mark to take me again.
    I love that you have included that you can also see some amazing plants and trees around the complex too. My daughter will love and I think the other one will be astounded at the sheer size of the Temple. Your pictures are absolutely stunning too…Thank you!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I am glad your liked the post. I will be happy to share details around planning your trip should you need.

  14. Such an awesome place to visit. The architecture done in the temple is so amazing and I was wondering, how that tree grew up on the roof? I actually love exploring such places.

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      The temples are so rich culturally and history wise. You must plan a visit if you love ruins.

  15. I visited this place, it`s amazing!!! Nice post!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  16. Angkor Wat is one of the most visited destinations of 2017. I love seeing pictures of the place. However, I have heard some pretty bad reviews of Cambodia itself in terms of cleanliness, crime, development, etc. Not sure how true that is. How was your overall experience?

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      I believe there are pros and cons of everything and for that matter everyplace. I was in Cambodia for 2 days and found everything good, nothing to complain about 🙂

  17. I’ve read a few posts on Angkor, but yours has the best pictures. I’ve always wanted to go to Cambodia, but I love pictures that capture the essence and feel of a place. Yours do that quite perfectly. Thank you for sharing!

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      thanks a ton Tifanee 🙂

  18. I was in Angkor a few months ago and it was a magical place – as you said, full of history, raw nature, and stunning photo ops. I spent two weeks around the temples and still feel it wasn’t enough.

    Happy continued travels!
    C

  19. Amazing pictures Saakshi! I would give up on my sleep to see these majestic temples just before sunrise when its least crowded. I have always wanted to see Angkor Wat especially since the Lara Croft movie. I would love to explore the history of these monuments some day.
    Is it honestly possible to cover the entirety of the temple in a day?

    1. saakshimaheshwari says: Reply

      Hey Ozzy, Honestly, if I were to go again there, I would atleast spend 3 days only to understand the magnanimity of these temples.

  20. Angkor looks like an amazing place to visit. I didn’t realise there was more than Angkor Wat. I haven’t been to Cambodia but now I really want to do so!

  21. God knows why Angkor was not really on my mind to visit until I stumbled upon upon your post. Lovely post and gorgeous pictures💙

  22. Such gorgeous photos! Angkor Wat is such a magical place – I’d really love to go back and spend more time there, just soaking up the atmosphere and, of course, taking even more photos!

    Jane M

  23. I just went to Vietnam and unfortunately didn’t have time to stop by Cambodia! Gorgeous photos, looking forward to stopping by the temples in the future!

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