We overheard that there are around 294 temples in Siem Reap. Wow! However, that includes the smaller ruins here and there, and perhaps you would not have all the time to check. So here is a compilation of popular temples in Siem Reap that you might want to cover on your visit.
The more popular temples are as follows:
- Angkor Wat – The more popular among the temples. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992. It is also the most iconic, and it is located within the Angkor Archaeological Park.
- Ta Phrom – This temple achieved fame internationally and is often referred to as the “Tomb Raider temple.” This was a monastery that was built by King Jayavarman VII for his mother.
- Angkor Thom – Also known as “Big Angkor,” Angkor Thom was the last capital city of the Angkorian era, and was constructed by King Jayavarman VII.
- Bayon – Another iconic temple that can be seen in many souvenirs, Bayon Temple features around 50 towers that have the four faces of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is located in the middle of Angkor Thom
Location of the 4 popular temples in Siem Reap
Note: If you are unsure when to visit Siem Reap, make plans ahead. Refer to our post on the best time to visit Siem Reap.
Other popular temples
However, if you want to make the most of your stay, you could extend your visit to check out other temples as well. These are the following:
- Banteay Srey – Prasat Banteay Srey is one of the most preserved temples in Siem Reap. Unlike the other temples, this was created by a Brahmin counsellor.
- Ba Phoun Temple – A temple mountain that was constructed to honor Shiva (Hindu god). It was also the temple of Udayadityavarman II sometime during the middle of the 11th century. It is located around northwest of Baton.
- Phnom Bakheng – This temple was constructed approximately two centuries before the famed Angkor Wat was made. It represents Mount Meru, which is the home of the Hindu gods.
- Preah Khan – Preah Khan is a temple complex that has a moat within its walls. It has intricate carvings that depict Hindu mythology.
- Terrace of the Elephants – Located at the heart of Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants boasts of having beautiful bas-reliefs that depict elephants and garudas. It is, in fact, one of the most photographed areas in park.
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