Cambodia: Siem Reap

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Siem Reap is the main city of the province in northwestern Cambodia. Every year more than one million travelers visit Siem Reap to explore a famous Angkor, that has been designated a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The Angkor Temple Complex – over a thousand years of Khmer heritage – is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

Angkor Archaeological Park is stretching over 400 km2, including forested area. Angkor was the center of the Khmer Empire for several centuries between the 9th to the 15th century. This historical site consists of hundreds of structures, temples, monuments in the jungles that tell to the viitors the story of the rise and fall of the Khmer empire.

Angkor Wat Temple complex is an immense and intriguing religious complex. Thouthands of apsaras – the beautiful dancing girls, the heavenly nymphs – are depicted on the temple walls and reliefs.

Only in Angkor Wat temple alone there are about 1,800 dancing apsara goddesses carvings. Apsaras have different hairstyle, jewelry, clothing, stance and floral decorations.

The style of dancing was refined during the Angkor period around the Middle Ages. Nowadays we can enjoy the beauty of the apsara dance during traditional cultural show «The Smiles of Angkor».

There are two options when visit Angkor Wat Temple complex: the little circuit and the big circuit. The little circuit is 17 km and brings visitos to the main temples of Angkor. The big circuit takes 26 km and is an extension of the little one, including more temples and ruines in the tropical forest.