The Angkor Archaeological Park holds the outstanding temple ruins of Angkor. The most famous temple is the Angkor Wat while other ancient remains of the Khmer Empire are equally as majestic. The park encompasses more than 400 square kilometers and is found just outside the city of Siem Reap. This World Heritage Site has helped put Siem Reap on the map by encouraging many tourists to head to the northwest part of Cambodia.
The Angkor temple ruins found in the park are mostly remnants of the Ankorian-era capital of the ancient Khmer Empire that reigned more than a millennium ago. The Khmer people were known to be the dominant ethnic group in all of Cambodia during the time. The name “Angkor” is then from this empire that extended across a vast area of Southeast Asia during the 9th to the 15th Century. Angkor also pertains to the then-capital city of the Khmer territory that was located at the northern part of Siem Reap. [Read more…]