Exploring the most attractive temples in the Angkor area such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prom. There are many other temples to visit depending on the length of your stay. It's wonderful.
Angkor Wat is a must see temple since it is the largest religious monument in South-East Asia and the world. There is no doubt because of its perfection in composition, balance, proposition, reliefs, sculptures, and the finest architectural design make it become one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Angkor consists of a large group of magnificent temples, approximately 1000 in all, which were built from 9 century–13 century AD by the Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the Angkor complex. This temple was built by Suryavaram II in order to honor the Hindu God Vishnu, with whom the king was identified and this was also to be his burial spot.
The southern gate of Angkor Thom is the best preserved. It is approached from outside via a causeway that extends about fifty meters across a moat. On each side of the causeway are railings fashioned with 54 stone figures engaged in the performance of a famous Hindu story: the myth of the Churning of the Ocean. On the left side of the moat, 54 'devas' (guardian gods) pull the head of the snake 'Shesha' while on the right side 54 'asuras' (demon gods) pull the snake's tail in the opposite direction. In this myth, the body of the snake is wrapped around the central mountain—Mt. Meru—perhaps corresponding here to the Bayon temple at the center of the site. In any case, the myth relates that as the Devas pulled the snake in one direction and the gods pushed in the other, the ocean began to churn and precipitate the elements. By alternating back and forth, the ocean was 'milked', forming the earth and the cosmos anew. The southern gate of Angkor Thom is the first stop to take a photograph of the most beautiful gigantic smiling faces of the Buddha, Bodhisattva of Avolokitesvara. Situated 1500m to the North of Angkor Wat is close to the central point of the Khmer formerly city of Yasodarapura founded by the Khmer king Yasovaraman I in late 9 century.
The Bayon located right at the center of the great wall city of Angkor Thom. Bayon temple is the second largest temple in Angkor temples complex, built by the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavaraman VII in late 12 century and early 13 century as an official state temple. Bayon is absolutely famous for its gigantic smiling faces of Buddha. I would recommend you visit this temple in the late afternoon when the sunlight is on the ruin, it is the most favorable and photograph site. The Bayon is a 3km walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire After jayavaman vII recaptuerd the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181. The Bayon was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha, though a great number of minor and local deities were also encompassed as representatives of the various districts and cities of the realm.
Ta Prohm is the nickname of a temple at Angkor site, Siem Reap, Cambodia, built in 1186 AD by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII and originally called Rajavihara (in Palli) which means Royal Monastery and it was also a university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular attraction for tourist since the days Angelina Jolie filmed Tomb Raider here. Jayavarman VII constructed Rajavihara in honour of his family. The temple's main image, representing Prajnaparamita, the personification of wisdom, was modelled on the king's mother. The northern and southern satellite temples in the third enclosure were dedicated to the king's guru, Jayamangalartha, and his elder brother respectively. As such, Ta Prohm formed a complementary pair with the temple monastery of Preah Khan, dedicated in 1191 A.D., the main image of which represented the Bodhisattva of compassion Lokesvara and was modelled on the king's father.