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Angkor , Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia , Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

The archaeological site of Angkor is located near Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is its main temple, built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II.

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Angkor

Of course, THE great tourist point in Cambodia is the extraordinary centre of attraction found in the Angkor complex. Extending over more than 156 miles², this really exceptional site, submerged in a forest decor, more than merits its listing by UNESCO as World Heritage. The Khmer architecture has an aesthetic and spiritual intensity that actually makes it some of the most spectacular historical evidence of human genius. The most well-known temples - Bayon, Angkor Vat, and Ta Prohm - obviously cannot be missed; however, a considerable number of "secondary" buildings are just as rich and impressive. Monumental doors, statues, towers, vaults, bas-reliefs, irrigation basins; a whole life would definitely not be enough to work through all the wonders of this site.

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Angkor , Wat Bayon, Angkor , Cambodia
Wat Bayon, Angkor

Angkor Wat's second wat (temple), the Bayon was built around the turn of the 13th century.

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Angkor , Tourism in Angkor , Cambodia
Tourism in Angkor

As the symbol of the country, Angkor Wat is the most visited site by tourists.

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Angkor , Buddha, Angkor , Cambodia
Buddha, Angkor

This seated buddha is represented with a lotus flower, symbolizing the purity of this virtuous man's spirit.

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Angkor , The statues of Angkor Thom , Cambodia
The statues of Angkor Thom

Angkor Tom, known as "the great city" is the royal city built by Jayavarman, the VII Buddhist king of the Khmer empire.

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Angkor , The Khmer architecture , Cambodia
The Khmer architecture

Angkor Wat is a prime example of the style of classic Khmer architecture.

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