Angkor Thom is a bit unique compared to the other sites within the ancient city of Angkor in that it is not just a temple, but a city. It was actually the longest lasting capital city during the era of the Khmer Empire (802-1431) and can be thought of as a town within the larger city of Angkor. The great king Javayarman VII built this city around the same time as Ta Prohm and is most famous for its central temple called the ‘Bayon.’
Ta Prohm is one of the most iconic temples in the ancient city of Angkor. The temple of Ta Prohm was built some time from the end of the 12th to the beginning of the 13th centuries. While most of the other main temples in the Angkor complex have been largely reconstructed, cleaned up, or restored, Ta Prohm has been left alone, and for good reason. It is the growth of giant trees in, around, and literally on the temple that make it
The place that most people think about when they plan a visit to the ancient city of Angkor is Angkor Wat. Built in the 1100s, Angkor Wat has stood the test of time by remaining mostly intact and extremely well preserved over the past nine centuries, given Cambodia’s turbulent past. It is the largest religious structure in the world and looks more like a huge walled city than a temple.
Location: (near) Siem Reap, Cambodia
Visited: July, 2010
Site Type: Cultural
Opinion and Background: Whenever I visit a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, a fantastic temple, or any other amazing place for that matter, I have a habit of asking myself, “Was it ‘Angkor’ good?” Angkor, in many ways, is my example of a location that is worth the travel expenses to see with your own eyes, no matter how far it may be. I don’t really say this often, but the ancient Khmer city of Angkor is something that you must see before you die. Yes, it is that good.