Stunning Buddhist And Hindu Temples
Words cannot do justice to the beauty of Siem Reap – a glittering gem nestled deep in Cambodia, housing some of the most stunning buddhist and hindu temples in the region. With a deep history written in the walls and trees of some of the world’s oldest temples, Siem Reap contains many must-sees for history buffs, lovers of nature, or even people looking for a gorgeous place to rest, if only for a little while.
To make the most of a trip to Siem Reap, one must explore the many famous temples built hundreds of years ago, standing magnificently against the test of time. To help you navigate the many landmarks of the region, The Aviary Hotel has come up with a comprehensive list of five hidden gems in Siem Reap.
Preah Khan Temple
The Preah Khan temple complex is one of the most significant temples erected in the time of the ancient Khmer Empire. Preah Khan’s boundaries are defined by fortified walls adorned by monumental carved stone garudas – eagle-like divine beings. It also boasts a two-storey pavilion, a once bronze-plated sanctum sanctorum, and its very own Hall of Dancers. With its structure covered in giant, twisting roots, the temple has become part of nature. The beautiful structure and beams covered in roots makes for a beautiful picture.
Phnom Bok Temple
Phnom Bok is one of the “Trilogies of Mountains” in the Angkor area, and the other two being Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Krom. These three sandstone temples were built under the reign of King Jasovarnam I and were built on the three hills in the plains of Angkor. With 633 steps to reach the summit, a visit to this temple can prove quite the adventure, and definitely one that is worth it for the beautiful sights at the peak of the climb.
Carvings In The Kbal Spean River
A spectacularly carved riverbed deep in the jungle, the Kbal Spean River, also known as the “River of a Thousand Lingas”, has elaborately carved symbols into the riverbed, said to bless the stream that flows through it. Following the river down, there are several more impressive carvings of Vishnu, and Shiva with his consort Uma, and further downstream hundreds of lingas appear on the riverbed. At the top of the waterfall are many animal images, including a cow and a frog, and a path winds around the boulders to a wooden staircase leading down to the base of the falls.
Wat Preah Ang Thom
Located atop Phnom Kulen, Wat Preah Ang Thom is an eight-metre tall statue of a reclining Buddha reaching nirvana. The statue is carved into a huge natural sandstone boulder to which a modern staircase has been added along with a shelter over the Buddha. It is a deeply sacred site for tourists and Cambodians alike. There are numerous modern sculptures around the site, a Buddha’s foot imprint or Buddhapada (near where you leave your shoes), and it’s a special place to relax and think.
Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park
One of the most popular attractions in Cambodia is the majestic Phnom Kulen mountain, located about two hours away from Siem Reap. The mountain was given its name due to the abundance of lychee trees it once hosted, and nowadays offers visitors a beautiful view, as well as fun activities such as picnicking and waterfall swimming.
One of the highlights of the mountain is the majestic waterfall in which visitors can bathe in and enjoy the fresh waters of nature. Surrounded by temples and natural landscapes, the waterfall is a refreshing stop for when you need a short break from walking, and an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Explore the hidden gems of Cambodia and at the end of your journey of exploration, stay at The Aviary, where you will be pampered like royalty. With a stay in any of its numerous luxury rooms, and a host of facilities to give you a taste of paradise, the Aviary is a kingdom of your very own.
With its boutique, designer rooms with an avian flare, the hotel dazzles as an oasis nestled deep in the jungle. Additionally, the hotel’s new Sambok wing anchors the hotel’s breezy and elegant avian-inspired aesthetic. Every piece of furniture in each of the rooms is also carefully curated to add to the comfort of guests and the luxurious ambience.
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Source: Craft Communications.