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5 history facts about Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is to Cambodia what the Taj Mahal is to India -- an historical site of such majesty that it draws visitors from all over the world. As the world's largest religious monument, there's a lot to discover. Here are some facts to get you started.

What does it mean?

What does it mean?

The name roughly translates to 'Temple City' or 'City of Temples', which gives you sense of the scale. Like any good ancient city, it's surrounded by a huge moat and high walls.

Would you look at the size of it!

Would you look at the size of it!

Built resemble the mythological Mt. Meru, the center of the universe, this place was always intended to be the temple of all temples. It's no wonder they made it so big!

Architecture

Architecture

The temple features a cluster of five lotus-reminiscent towers, called a "quincunx," and multiple levels linked together by steep staircases, colonnades, and wide courtyards.

Interior

Interior

The walls of the temple are intricately carved with Hindu "devatas" (deities) and depict scenes from Hindu scripture, as well as defining moments for the Khmer empire at the time.

The temple today

The temple today

After decades of neglect, Angor Wat has undergone serious restoration efforts with the help of foreign institutions, resulting in a steadily increasing number of visitors.

Our insider tips

Do I need to hire a guide?

Given the massiveness of this site, and how much there is to learn about its very walls, it is highly advisable to find yourself a guide.

How much does entrance cost?

There are three types of passes available; 1 day pass ($37), 2 or 3 day pass ($62) or 1 week pass ($72). Make sure you specifiy which pass you would like so as not to be over-charged!

Keep your pass with you at all times

You will be asked to show your visitors pass at many different points in the complex, so keep it handy at all times!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    5:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    A single day pass costs around $37 USD
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessary, but advised.
  • How to get there
    From Siem Reap, the best option is to go in a private van. Taxis, tuktuks, and bikes can get you there too.
  • Additional information
    Though it may be hot, remember to dress appropriately! The dresscode indicates no shorts or sleeveless tops.

What people are saying about Angkor Wat

Guide had good English and tour moved at a comfortable pace

The guide, Subpey) was sensitive to the needs of the group. The driver Fung provided water and wipes often throughout the day. Lunch was in a lovely air conditioned restaurant.

Siem Reap: Full-Day Small Group Temples Tour Reviewed by Lorraine, 25/02/2019

Great tour, we got much explained and all our questions answered.

Joined the tour today on 20. Feb. Pickup at the hotel early in the morning so we could get our tickets before the other tourists. Visited Angkor Wat before sunrise from the east entry without masses of other tourists. Then we enjoied the sunrise at the west side and then were guided through the temple. The guide Phal was very nice, explained much about the history of the temples and spoke good English. The drive in the mini van with AC was comfortable and we got enough bottles of water to drink. Afterwards we visited Angkor Tom and the "Lara Croft" temple. Lunch was in between in a Restaurant, but the price was not included in the tour.

Angkor Wat Full-Day Sunrise Tour Reviewed by Peter, 21/02/2019

Unforgettable Visit to Angkor with Mr. Sam

My partner and I were so fortunate to have had an unforgettable visit to some of Angkor’s most famous temples thanks to Mr. Sam, our private guide, and Mr. Rit, our driver. While walking around with Mr. Sam, we felt like we were walking around with Cambodia’s personal historian - Mr. Sam was able to answer all of our questions about Angkor’s history as well as Cambodia’s history with great detail and explanation. The stories and facts that he shared about the temples we visited were thorough and unique and left us feeling extremely knowledgeable about what we were seeing. We truly felt lucky to have been matched with Mr. Sam! If you want to visit the ancient city and Angkor and are able to go with a private guide, we highly recommend Mr. Sam! Thank you for such an unforgettable experience!

Angkor Wat Full-Day Sunrise Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 17/02/2019

Our guide Noy was exceptional which made our tour fascinating and inf

Our guide Noy eas exceptional which made our trip very informative. All the arrangements for the tour were very efficient. The added extras were the driver waitibg for us eith refresing cooled towels and ice water. Lunch in the little restaurant was also a very pleasant surprise

Amazing tour! We love the temple and cambodia!

Special thanks to our wonderful guide phi. He had a amazing knowledge about history and the temple.

Angkor Wat Full-Day Sunrise Tour Reviewed by Luise, 09/02/2019

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