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If you have a day to visit the temples of Angkor…

“Wherever you live is your temple, if you treat it like one.”- Buddha

No one visits Cambodia without putting the Angkor Archaeological Park on the itinerary. To most tourists, it could be the ONLY reason why they choose to go to this country which was once Southeast Asia’s largest and most powerful empire. It is an act that, if not pursued, could be punishable by death in the traveling world. Next to that is scheduling only one day to see the magnificent, awe-inspiring and do-not-forget-mysterious temples of Angkor. Cambodia’s glorious past has brought great importance to the Angkor Archaeological Park which houses the Angkor Wat – the largest religious institution in the world ever-built.

But what if you only have one day to take it all in? How do you go around visiting all these temples? If you really have to choose, let it be these:

Banteay Srei. The jewel of the Khmer art famous for its intricate carvings and reddish hue due to the sandstone used to build it. It is tiny compared to the other temples but that
Ta Prohm. Long engulfed by the forest, this became famous because of the film “Tomb Raider”.
Bayon. A temple in Angkor Thom, the most enduring city of the Khmer empire, famous for its many tower faces.
Angkor Wat. The largest religious institution in the world ever-built. Need I say more? This photo was taken just before the sunset.

While it may be blasphemous to hard-core travelers to spend only one day at the Angkor Archaeological Park (they even offer 3-day to weekly passes because of its colossal size), it might just be enough to those who are not into archaeology. Our trip lasted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We did not wake up too early to watch the sun rise on the Lotus-shaped towers of the Angkor Wat, but we were there during the famed golden hour. We did not see all the temples. But we also knew that we did not have to. We could not risk getting templed-out because we want to come back. Since Cambodia is a very inspiring country, not only because of its past but its present. More on that on my next Cambodia-related post. #

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