Derived from the Sanskrit word 'nagara', Angkor literally means 'city', Contrary to common belief, Angkor is not only one, but hundreds of temples built between the 9th and 14th century AD Siem Reap Province. This region served as the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and was the mausoleum of the King Suryavarman II and it formerly oriented to the west side, conformed the symbolism between sunset and the death. Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. It has five towers and there are four in the corner, Its central tower measuring 65 meter high correspond to the peaks of Mountain- Meru.
The outer wall correspond to the mountain at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolized the cosmic oceans. It is one of the world wonders and the first well known point in mind of all visitors who travel to Siem Reap.To get the most out of the visit, it is best to read up in advance so you can better appreciate the relevance to its intricately carved in the surrounding wall and structures. To make the most of your visit to Angkor Wat, many people find it useful to have a local guide who will explain the intricacies of the temples. A good guide book can also be handy as you can bring one from home or purchase one at one of the local markets or just outside the temple gates.
Notes about admission and Angkor temple passes
All foreign visitors must posess a valid admission ticket / Angkor temple pass to visit the temples inside the Angkor Archaelogical Park. Temple passes can be bought at the main entrance booth and comes in three different variations:
One day (US$ 20) - only valid for one day
Three days (US$ 40) - valid for three days witin a week
Seven days (US$ 60) - valid for seven days within a month
Digital photos are taken at the time of purchase and the temple passes are personal and not transferable.
As from June 2009, the Angkor temple passes do not longer have to be used on consecutive days. They are only valid for the number of days printed on the cards, but can be used within the period of one day, one week and one month respectively.
We believe the extended validity is a good way for travellers to break-up their temple sightseeing and hopefully it will also encourage more travellers to explore some of the other sights and activities Siem Reap has to offer.
To make the most of your visit to Angkor Wat, many people find it useful to have a local guide who will explain the intricacies of the temples.