Brief Indochina information on Angkor temples1861
In South East Asia in general and in Indochina in particular, Cambodia is a country which has a fastly developing tourism. Visiting Cambodia, tourists can enjoy cuisine, explore culture and especially famous Khmer temples. Known as the land of temples, among various temples in this country, there are some most famous places that cannot-be-missed in Indochina tours to Cambodia.
Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) also has a Vietnamese name as De Thien and Vietnamese name of Angkor Thom is De Thich. The whole area of Angkor temple is generally called De Thien De Thich. In Khmer language, Angkor means capital and Wat means temple or pagoda. Angkor Wat is a temple worshiping a Hindu God Visnu in Angkor, the capital under Khmer Empire. This is one of the most important relics in Cambodia, which is considered to represent perfectly the Khmer arts and architecture.
Angkor Thom is the last capital city which endured longest under Khmer Empire. The King Jayavarman VII constructed the city at the end of 12th century. The citadel has total size of 9 square kilometers. Inside the citadel, there are various temples. Some have been exist since prior generations. Some were built under the rule of Jayavarman and his heirs. Angkor Thom was constructed in Bayon style. This can be represented in large scale of structures and the use of laterite as main materials. Laterite is used as materials in building human-faced tower at entrances to the city and naga statues at each tower.
Besides Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, Taphrom Temple is another temple structure that you should not pass by on Indochina travel to Cambodia.
Taprohm is the modern name for a temple in Angkor, Cambodia, which was initially called Rajavihara. The temple was constructed in Bayon style as many other structures in the end of 12th century and beginning of 13th century. Located to the East of Angkor Thom and to the South of East Baray near TonleBati, this temple was established by King Khmer Jayavarman VII and used as a friary and school for Mahayana. Unlike major of temples in Angkor, Ta Prohm is left at its initial condition. Trees and tropical forests surrounding the ruins are the attraction that appeals tourists to visit Ta Prohm Temple.
Taking Indochina package tours to Cambodia and explore Khmer culture will be extremely interesting experience in your lifetime.