Angkor War is one of the world's largest archaeological sites of religious worship. The parts of the ancient city which have been unearthed cover an area of two-and-a-half square kilometers. The entire area of Angkor, where the Angkor Wat (or Angkor Temple) is located, is covered with further ancient temple sites, is more than 200 square kilometers in size.
When first built, the entire temple site was dedicated to the worship of Hindu deity Vishnu. We know this from the original name given to the temple complex - Preah Paramavishnuloku. The current name – Angkor Wat or Angkor Temple – stems from the 15th century, when the temple complex was wholly rededicated as a Buddhist temple monastery.
Come and join us as we walk through the galleried buildings; see the extensive carved bas-reliefs which show scenes from the Hindu epics of the Ramayana Mahabharata, listen to the legends of the ancient Khmer kings, and tales of Hindu demons and princes. We will find why it's believed unlucky to come out after sunset here... we'll see the image of a dinosaur and found out how it came here, and perhaps even find the smiling Apsara dancer – whose image brings good luck in love.
Please bear in mind that this walking route is designed as a full-day trip. We'd also like to draw your attention to the distances between the points of interest on the itinerary. There is a seven kilometers walk between the Angkor-Wat and Ta-Prohm Temples. If you would prefer, there is local transport to cover that journey – you can take a tuk-tuk, car, bicycle, or scooter. However, it's worth thinking what kind of transport you'd prefer in advance – for example, on the day before you set off for the excursion. The distance from the entry-gates to Angkor-Wat, on the west side, to the exit gates on the eastern side is approximately one-and-a-half kilometers. At Ta-Prohm, the distance from entrance to exit is also around one-and-a-half-kilometers. Almost every temple here has a small market, where they sell fruit, and where you'll find a local café selling simple but enjoyable food – such as fried rice, noodles, and other local dishes. You can also buy bottled water very easily throughout the entire complex.
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