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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.

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