The famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor is the largest religious building ever constructed and it’s been named the ‘ultimate expression of Khmer genius’ and one of the greatest ancient temples in the world.
There are many things to say about Angkor. These temples are the symbolic heart and soul of Cambodia. They represent the epicentre of Khmer civilisation, a stunning example of humanity’s devotion to religious beliefs. According to inscriptions over 300,000 workers and 6000 elephants were involved in the construction of Angkor Wat, moving sandstone blocks from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen (over 50 km away from the temple) floating on rafts down the Siem Reap River.
The truth is there are many ways to get to know these temples but it is important to remember that the most valuable asset during your trip to the temples is local knowledge. The meaning of the temples and its features deserve an academic degree by itself; spatial dimensions representing ages and eras of the universe, thousands of deities, epic historical events and mythological stories depicted across the walls of the temple, carved with a stunning level of detail.
Although it is possible to explore the temples without a guide we strongly recommend choosing a reliable local expert that will certainly enhance the experience. Asia for Expats offers specialist temple tours that will give you a comprehensive insight into everything you want to know about the Angkor Temples. If you have a specific area of interests we can make the necessary arrangements for you to make the most of your tour.