The Temples of Angkor

After our drive on the Road to Siem Reap, we finally reached the city.  On the outskirts of Siem Reap is one of the most important Buddhist temple complexes in the world; The Angkor complex.  Angkor, meaning "Capital City," is larger than many cities, as the complex spans an area greater than 400 square kilometers.  

I previously mentioned that everyone should see the temples that this city is famous for, but I realize that is easier said than done.  While I obviously couldn't visit every temple, here are some of my favorite pics from the few that I did see. 

Ta Prohm (The Tomb Raider Temple)

This is the temple that was featured in that painfully bad Angelina Jolie movie, Tomb Raider.  It is defined by the large jungle overgrowth, as it is reclaimed by mother nature.

Date of Construction: Mid 12th - Early 13th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation: Buddhist
Patron or King: Jayavarman VII

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Baphoun

Date of Construction: Mid 11th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation: Hinduism
Patron or King: Udayadityavarman II

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Angkor Thom

Date of Construction: Late 12th - Early 13th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation: Buddhist
Patron or King: Jayavarman VII

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Bayon

The Temple of Faces at the center of Angkor Thom
Date of Construction: Late 12th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation: Buddhist 
Patron or King: Jayavarman VII

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Angkor Wat

This is the gem of the Angkor complex, and is the largest religious monument in the world.  
Angkor Wat, means "Temple City" or "City of Temples"
Date of Construction: Early-Mid 12th cen C.E.
Religious Affiliation: Hinduism
Patron or King: Suryavarman II

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