Angkor is a major city in Cambodia and is situated along the equator in the south of Cambodia. The history of Angkor goes back to the 4th century AD and Angkor Phouli was the capital of Angkor. The sculptures from the Angkor are regarded as artistic works of art by many people world wide. The discovery of many art treasures in Angkor has greatly gained the reputation of being the second largest collection of Asian art and culture.
The French Promotion of Cinema in Cambodia has been a major success. The French have produced several successful movies, among which Angkor: Dawnill and The Imperial value. In 1962, Angkor I was listed as a world heritage site.
The discovery of many old temples and structures in Angkor has revealed many mysteries about Angkor and it’s history. The ruins of Angkor are a proof of the vitality of Angkor that was felt a long time ago by the mankind.
Artists and architects from many countries all over the world came to Angkor to exploit its location situated at the foot of the world heritage sites. The French company Charles de Gaulle first included Angkor in its planned tour of the world heritage sites in 1960. The site soon became an important attraction and the tourism industry in Angkor was started.
There are so many activities to angkor that it is impossible to represent them in a small article. Many people feel the need to visit Angkor often. So, we have selected few activities or events in Angkor that can offer you a complete experience of the region.
Saga of the Vendors – The history of Angkor has always been connected with the trade routes. The main motive of the Vendangers was to disembark thousands of merchandise to sell it on market which was located thousand of feet above the sea level. The concept was quite popular at that time when people used to disembark at the same place where they were disembarking.
It was mostly religion-related business during that time. It was usual to disembark at sunrise in the morning and in the afternoon again at sunset. The origin of Vendiking has been related to the following legend: this legend goes back to the time of Buddha. He blessed the four main rivers in Cambodia – the Karo, Trong, Theravada and Kharu-Sa. Buddha did not only gave instructions for good fishing but also for making long boats with proper sails and masts.
Oldokje Cliff Temple – It has a height of about 300 meters, but the wall facing the river is taller than 500 meters. The temple was constructed during the reign of Ramathapura, the first monarch of the Ram clan. His successor was Tanhankara. In this temple Tanhankara bestowed a red stone and gave a bell to the proper temple guard. From that time on the temple was known and is known as the ‘Red Temple’.
Out of the Many Temples of Angkor Wat, the most original and spectacular ones are the Wat Po, Wat Chhndo, Wat Thithey and Wat Tatet. These are the most important temples among the Angkor Wat temples. They were constructed in the early harvests of the reign of Ramathapura.
To the left of the Kassapa Adoration Hall you can see the Kassapa or Buddhist shrine. There were three shrines found in this temple, but only one survived until fullest day of its restoration in the 20th century. That shrine is now the dining hall.
The second major part of the Angkor Wat complex is the Quarter Shiva Temple. Quarter Shiva is the sanctum dei puri of Hinduism. The temple contains many images of Vishnu, showing his different avatars.
We are not sure when it was built, but it certainly is one of the most original and characteristic out of the hundreds of Hindu temples in Cambodia.