Chong Khneas, located 16 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Visit village and take boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on theTonle Sap Lake, the great lake of Cambodia, one of the wonders of Asia.
Smile of Angkor tells the story of the Khmer empire and its wonder Angkor Wat. Travel through time and see Cambodia as it was a thousand years ago, from its legendary origins to the building of the temple of Angkor Wat. Smile of Angkor is an evocation of life in the majestic city of Angkor at the time of Suryavarman II. The show is 70 minutes long and is divided into six chapters: â€œDialogue with Godâ€, â€œGlorious Kingdomâ€, â€œResurrect- ion of the Godsâ€, â€œChurning the Sea of Milkâ€, â€œPrayer for Life and â€œSmile of Angkorâ€.
Comprising of the Bayon Temple, Baphuon Temple, Terrace of Leper King and the Elephant Terrace. The city of Angkor Thom, founded by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, was one of the largest of all Khmer cities and remained the capital until the 17th century. We enter the city through the monumental south gate, its tower feature four faces pointing in each of cardinal directions with the elephants holding up the main gate, preceded by a no less impressive Avenue of Gods and asuras lining the bridge across the structure moat.
Ta Prohm was built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII as a royal monastery. It was dedicated to the king’s mother. This temple, was chosen to be left in its natural state as an example of how most of Angkor looked, upon its rediscovery in the 18th century. Shrouded in jungle, the temple of Ta Prohm is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic aura with gigantic roots and branches intimately intertwined with the stoned and probing walls to form a natural roof above the man made structures.
Angkor Wat temple Build between the 9th and 14th centuries, the City of Angkor is one of the grandest monuments ever constructed. The entire complex covers approximately 164sq miles with over 200 temples. Among the 30 temples that are accessible today, the most famous is Angkor Wat, the largest religions building in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Conceived by Suryavarman II early 12th century, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. Unlike most other Khmer temples, it faces West, the most likely reason is because the temple was dedicated to Vishnu, who is sometimes associated with the West.
Preah Khan temple built in the 12th century was one of JayavarmanVII’s largest projects dedicated to his father. Preah khan was much more than a temple with over 1,000 teachers it appears also to have been a Buddhist university as well as a considerable city. Preah Khan is located on the western edge of its own long baray, the Jayatataka, and a terraced landing stage at the end of the temple W-E axis access to the lake with a moat surrounding the city.
Neak Pean temple built last 12th century was one of Jayavarman VII A small island temple located in the middle of the last baray to be constructed by a khmer king in the Angkor area (Breah Khan Baray or Jayatataka) central temple sits at the axis of a cross or lotus pattern of eight pool. Originally known as Rijasri Neak Pean took its modern appellation which means coiled serpents from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple is faced by a statue of the horse Balaha saving drowning sailors. Though originally dedicated to Boddha.
Banteay Srei temple is the â€œCitadel of Womenâ€ or â€œCitadel of Beautyâ€ presumably referring to its size and the delicacy of its decoration. Unlike the major sites at Angkor, Banteay Srei was not a royal temple. It was built not by the kings, but by Brahmin Priests. Often described in terms as the â€œJewel of Khmer Artâ€, Banteay Srei is a temple of great beauty, and compares with little else in Angkor. Its miniature scale almost always surprises visitors, and the near total decoration of its surfaces are exceptional. For its protection, the most inner spaces of the temple are closed to public.