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Temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park and Siem Reap Province – temples you must call at

As the former capital of the country the Angkor Archaeological Park highlights what remains of the Khmer Empire. Here are the enclave's and Siem Reap's most illustrious temple complexes.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

As the country's most coveted cultural centrepiece to date Angkor Wat is the single most significant temple compound in all of Cambodia, let alone Angkor Archaeological Park. Located a mere 6km from the heart of Siem Reap this marvel of engineering and temple architecture was constructed in the middle half of the 12th century A.D and was commissioned to be built by Suryavarman II. Visitors based at Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa or any other centrally located boutique hotel Siem Reap has on offer will be within close range of the locale.

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Baksei Chamkrong

Baksei Chamkrong

Occupying pride of place close to the southernmost gateway to Angkor Thom Baksei Chamkrong is an exquisite pyramid shaped temple built as far back as 10th century A.D. Attributed to King Harshavarman the temple displays classic elements of the Bakheng architectural school.

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Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei

As a monastic compound that is among Angkor Archaeological Park's best preserved sites Banteay Kdei was built during the late 12th century A.D and completed in early 13th century A.D. Commissioned to be constructed by Jayavarman VII the venue showcases both Bayon and Angkor Wat stylistic elements.

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Bakong

Bakong

Tipped to be the biggest and most expansive temple complex in the Roluos Group, Bakong is a 9th century religious edifice built by King Indravarman. Displaying Preah Ko leaning in its architecture this is another must-visit highlight at Angkor Archaeological Park.

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Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

Ideal for visitors in search of a lesser known temple icon in Angkor Archaeological Park, Banteay Samre is an obscure but captivating temple compound that is not known to many tourists exploring Angkor's cultural highlights. Built during the era of King Suryavarman II the 12th century temple is similar to its more popular sister temple Angor Wat in architectural class and style. Located 4km from East Mebon this off-the beaten track temple is no less impressive than the park's centrepiece edifice.

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Bayon or The Temple of Faces

Bayon or The Temple of Faces

Ideally located in the heart of Angkor Thom Bayon or the Temple of Faces as it is popularly known is another icon in Cambodia's cultural landscape. As one of the most photographed temples in the country this breathtaking site littered with temple towers etched with countless faces was built by Jayavarman VII during the same period as the construction of Angkor Wat.

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Beng Melea

Beng Melea

Frequently identified as the Angkor Archaeological Park's jungle temple this 11th century edifice was a religious institution set up by monarch Suryavarman II. Constructed as early as the first half of 11th century AD this breathtaking temple surrounded by forest foliage is a magical space full of wonder and mystery.

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Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

Located within the walled city this Jayavarman VII construction is another Bayon architectural style temple that is as well known as Angkor Wat. Believed to have been constructed between the 12th and 13th centuries A.D the space is a sprawling testament to the artistic and building prowess of ancient artisans.

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Baphuon

Baphuon

Restored to its former glory in recent time the Baphuon temple's chief highlight is the reclining Buddha sculpture that occupies its western fringes. Attributed to King Udayadityavarman II the venue was opened to the public back in 11th century A.D.

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Preah Khan

Preah Khan

Large and monumental this monastic style temple compound was the brainchild of King Jayavarman VII.