5 Temples to Visit in Siem Reap (aside from Angkor Wat)

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Most people only go to Siem Reap for Angkor Wat. And why wouldn't they? It's the most visited landmark in the world and it's really majestic. But once you are in Siem Reap, why don't you explore other temples as well? Angkor Wat isn't the only temple in the Angkor Complex. In fact, there are a lot more than you think. Even around the city of Siem Reap, you'd find a couple of them. So in this guide I've put together two temples inside of the Angkor Complex, and three outside of it.

1. Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple, Foursquare.com

Bayon Temple, Foursquare.com

Bayon temple or Angkor Thom is my favorite of them all. It's not as huge as the Angkor Wat, in fact, you can go around the whole temple in less than thirty minutes if you just want to survey the perimeter. But the reason why I like it is because I get to go so close to the temple heads that feel so sacred.

Name:
Bayon Temple
Address:
Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, Foursquare.com

Ta Prohm, Foursquare.com

Ta Prohm is where a part of the Tomb Raider movie was shot. Perhaps this is also the reason why this temple is very famous. It has ruins everywhere that will definitely make you feel as though you're back in time.

Name:
Ta Prohm
Address:
Petit Circuit Rd., Angkor, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Wat Preah Prom Rath

Wat Preah Prohm Rath, Foursquare.com

Wat Preah Prohm Rath, Foursquare.com

Wat Prea is located near the Pub Street and is open to the public. You can go in here any time, as long as the gates are open. The area is relatively smaller than the Angkor temples, but you can see the monks praying here every now and then.

Name:
Wat Preah Prohm Rath
Address:
Pokambor Avenue, Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Wat Dam Nak

Wat Dam Nak, Foursquare.com

Wat Dam Nak, Foursquare.com

Wat Dam Nak used to be a palace, hence the name Dam Nak which translates to palace in English. Now it has been transformed into a learning institution for Khmer studies, but nevertheless, you can still visit it. They also have a library for those of you bibliophiles.

Name:
Wat Dam Nak
Address:
High School Road (cor Wat Bo Road), Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Wat Bo

If you want some peace and quiet in your temple trip, visit Wat Bo. It's probably one of the temples that gets fewer visitors than the others. But its still a great visit especially if you like looking at mural walls.

Name:
Wat Bo
Address:
Samdech Tep Vong Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

While we all know that a trip to Siem Reap won't be complete without visiting the Angkor Wat, there's so much more to see. And these are still a few of the temples that can be visited aside from Angkor Wat.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?