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Angkor National Park

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by Olive Butler (subscribe)
I'm an amateur writer based in Perth!
Published June 25th 2018
We arrived at the park early in the morning, so we could catch the sunrise over the Angkor Wat temple.

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Sunrise over Angkor Wat


Watching the sunrise over the temple was one of the most stunning experiences of my life. I will never forget the tranquillity of that moment.

This article will focus primarily on Angkor Wat, the most famous of the temples in the park (quite deservedly so).

The temple is currently the largest religious monument worldwide. Although it is now a site of Buddhist worship, it was originally built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple and the park where Angkor Wat lies was once the capital city of the Khmer Empire.

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In front of Angkor Wat


The temple was constructed from sandstone blocks, which were quarried from the holey mountain, Phnom Kulen. These blocks are believed to have been floated down canals that are nowadays filled in.

Whilst Angkor is no longer an active temple, it is still highly significant to the Cambodian people. So much so that no building in Siem Reap can rise above the highest point of Angkor Wat! It is also on their national flag.

These days, the temples are a bustling tourist attraction. The stunning architecture and history luring people from across the globe.

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Busy, busy,busy!


Females visiting the temple have to cover their upper-arms and knees. Some areas of the temple are under restorative work, this doesn't detract from the beauty of them at all and Angkor Wat was one of the highlights of my time in Cambodia.

You can purchase one day, three day or seven day passes at Angkor Enterprises; all Tuk-Tuk drivers in the area will know where this is.
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When: Please refer to the website to look at the opening times of the various temples throughout the park
Where: Angkor National Park
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