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Your trip to south-east Asia won’t be complete without visiting Cambodia temples. Cambodia is famous for its temple ruins that beautify the landscape of the country. Temples are like the architectural gems of Cambodia.

In this article, you will explore a list of stunning temples you can visit in Cambodia. Make sure you visit some of these temples to complete your experience during your trip to amazing Cambodia.

1. Cambodia Temples Angkor Wat

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Everyone in the world has already known that Angkor Wat is the main attraction of Cambodia. This temple has to be the first one on the list. It’s the most popular draw of the country and it’s one of the world’s biggest religious monuments.

It’s sitting at the center of Angkor Archaeological Park. As you enter the site, you will be served with a series of stone sculptures. It’s depicting various stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata from Hindu Epics.

The ornate pillars, the sheer precision of carving, and many more will fascinate you. It’s not only must-visit temple in Cambodia but the entire Asia continent.

2. Ta Prohm – Tomb Raider Temple

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It’s got the iconic gigantic trees which spread roots over the terrace and walls of the temple. It looks more like snakes than roots. The temple gained popularity since it was used as the set for Angelina Jolie’s film entitled “Tomb Raider”.

That’s why Ta Prohm is also called as Tomb Raider Temple. Because of its popularity, this temple can get fairly busy during the day, especially in the peak seasons. So, it’s best to visit the place from early morning when it’s still quite empty.

3. Preah Khan Temples of Cambodia

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Preah Khan when it translates to English, it means Sacred Sword. This temple offers you an experience of wandering through a maze. If you like doing it in a maze of ancient ruins, Preah Khan is your temple to visit.

Once, this temple was a city occupying 138 acres. There are fortified walls and protective moat all around the temple. Exploring this temple will take a lot of energy since it’s got many courtyards and corridors.

Also, Preah Khan is sitting on the quieter tourist circuit. So, you will like you’re on yourself wandering through the maze.

4. Bayon Temple

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This intriguing temple of Cambodia will definitely grab your attention with its Iconic rock-cut sculpture of faces. Many believed that these faces represent Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion.

However, some historical experts spotted resemblances to King Jayavarman VII. That’s why it’s also said the king thought of him as a god-king.

This temple is quite popular among others in Cambodia but it’s still less crowded than Angkor Wat. Bayon Temple is one of the main temples to visit in the country. If you want to avoid the crowds,  you should visit it in the early morning or late afternoon.

5. Benteay Srei – Cambodia Temples

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It’s a Cambodia Hindu temple that’s often referred to as Cambodia’s art gallery. You will witness the artistry beyond perfection in this temple. It gets its beauty from motifs, detailed carving, and figures of gods.

The main feature of Benteay Srei temple is the intricate carvings in pink sandstone. Many visitors overlook this temple as it’s located nearby Angkor Wat complex. So, this temple is not as crowded as Angkor wat.

6. Beng Mealea Temples of Cambodia

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If you like a mysterious site, you should visit Ben Mealea. It’s one of the mysterious temples in Cambodia. It’s not a prettied and pruned temple, it’s half-consumed by the jungle throughout the centuries.

The building and structure are covered in moss and falling to pieces. In other words, this temple was heavily damaged by nature. Well, that’s the beauty of it. if you visit this temple, you will be allowed to climb and scramble over the unchecked rubble.

If you love something adventurous, this mysterious temple is the perfect location to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.

7. Banteay Chhmar Temple

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This temple is located in northern Cambodia. It’s home to the Citadel of Cats. The site is the masterpiece of the king who built the Bayon temple. The best thing about this temple is the local village’s proximity and the surrounding countryside.

As you visit the site, you will feel less like a vast museum and more like a living history piece. This site was once one of Cambodia’s largest temple complexes. Now, it has been almost entirely subsumed by the jungle around the temple.

8. Koh Ker Khmer Complex

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At this site, you will explore the overgrown temples of this forgotten city. Koh Ker is one of the remotest and least visited temple complexes of Cambodia’s Khmer. It’s just a couple of hours away from Siem Reap.

The main attraction of Koh Ker is this multi-tiered pyramid temple. Compared to other temples in Cambodia, it’s so unique. It’s more like a Mayan temple than Khmer temple.

9. Sambor Prei Kuk

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If you can’t make it to the Ta Prohm, the Tomb Raider Temple, this is the alternative. Sambor Prei Kuk temple site has no grand centerpiece. It consists of many ramshackle towers dotted through the jungle around them.

A lot of the towers are completely consumed by strangling vines and plant. It’s a wonderful alternative of Ta Prohm. It even has more plants.

10. Preah Vihear

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Even though this temple is not as popular as Angkor Wat, it’s the second of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cambodia after Angkor Wat. It’s not known by many tourists because it’s a border dispute with Thailand. However, it becomes part of Cambodia officially in 2015.

This temple gets slowly crowded year after year since more people know about its superb view. It’s built above the surrounding plains and it has the most spectacular views of all temples in this country.

The downside of Preah Vihear is the location. It’s so far away from the city of Siem Reap. You need to take about three hours of the road from Siem Reap.

Conclusion

There are many other Cambodia Temples you can visit during your stay in the country. Each temple offers its own charm as a historical temple. Make sure you put some of those sites above in your itinerary.