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Khmer Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 6 Khmer sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Banteay Srei
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Although it's out of the way, true temple buffs won't want to miss Banteay Srei, a beautiful 10th-century Hindu temple complex with intricate carvings in deep red sandstone.
  • Beng Melea
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Located an hour from Angkor Wat, this temple hidden in the jungle is perhaps the best place to feel like Lara Croft or Indiana Jones.
  • Ta Prohm
    Angkor, Cambodia
    One of the most atmospheric sites at Angkor, this 12th-century Buddhist temple is fighting a losing battle with the mighty roots of the thriving jungle.
  • Angkor Thom
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Angkor Thom means "the great city" in Khmer. The 12th-century Buddhist royal city is famed for its grand Bayon Temple, but has several other sights of interest as well.
  • Bayon Temple
    Angkor, Cambodia
    In the exact center of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth. Built around 1190, the Buddhist temple is famed for its enigmatic faces.
  • Angkor Wat
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Angkor Wat is the star of Angkor and indeed all of Cambodia. Believed to be the largest religious structure in the world, this Hindu temple is designed as a microcosm of the universe.