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Located in Northern Cambodia within a gigantic area of 400 square kilometers in total, Angkor Archeological Park is the largest religious monumental complex in the world. Declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1992, the complex was built by King Suryavarman in the 12th-13th centuries. How this grand masterpiece with impressive scale and sophisticated artwork details was built remains a myth for archaeologists.
Travellers from South East Asia must not miss the experience of travelling to Siem Reap to visit Angkor. Below are important things you need to know about Angkor and how to get to Siem Reap.
The Angkor ComplexThe first impression anyone must experience as soon as they walk in an Angkor temple is a thrill, a pause, a shock or simply being overwhelmed by the spiritual atmosphere preserved within this massive area. The Angkor complex itself consists of hundreds of temples and monuments, including Angkor Wat – what people usually refer to Angkor as.
Things to know before visiting AngkorAngkor is famous for its incredible size and untouched beauty, and hence you must choose to visit wisely. Start early in the morning to ensure your valid day pass is used completely. The most common day pass, which is valid only on the date of purchase, costs 37 USD. It will take more than a day to see the whole of Angkor, but a day is enough to visit the most important sights.
Before travelling to Siem Reap, it is important to understand that Angkor is the heart and soul of the Cambodians, and by all means their national pride. Hence, make sure your shoulders and knees are covered when you enter the temples. Entry and exit to Angkor Wat can only be done from its west gate.
This article first appeared on www.baolau.com
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