Siem Reap, Cambodia


Most people come and stay in Siem Reap to visit Angkor Archaeological Park, located about 8 km away. Nevertheless, the town of Siem Reap and nearby has some worthwhile attractions and a number of beautiful modern Buddhist temples. The French Quarter is worth at least a passing through with its old colonial buildings and Chinese-style architecture.
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Angkor National Museum
968 Charles de Gaulle Blvd. Open: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission USD12.
Includes exhibits covering the history of the ancient Angkor complex as well as Khmer culture and clothing using high-tech displays and video screens. Some say the 1,000 Buddhas room is as impressive as it sounds.

Angkor Silk Farm
Puok District on National Road 6 (20 minute drive from the town centre). Open: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: free.
Located in a lush and charming countryside, Angkor Silk Farm is a great place to go to when you want to take a break from visiting the Angkor temples. Discover the various stages of the Cambodian silk-making process beginning from the silk worm to high-quality fabric. Free shuttle buses depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Artisans Angkor's main center on Thmey Street (about 2 minute walk from the Old Market).

Cambodian Cultural Village
6 km from town (on the road to the airport).
Opened in 2003, this cultural park comprises of 11 themed villages representing Cambodia's various cultural heritage. Within each village are the respective traditional houses and showcases of each culture including artwork, ceremonies and various performances. There is also a museum displaying scenes of Cambodian culture and history.

Cambodian Cultural Village by Narin Bl

Wat Bo
Street 22 (on the east side of the river).
One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Siem Reap, though its artwork wouldn't match the craftsmen of Angkor. The architecture of the ramshackle open air hall (next to the main building) blends French style arches and balustrades with Thai influenced Buddhist details. A forest of chedi surround the main hall, in between the frangipani trees and some fine topiary.

Wat Preah Prom Rath
Pokambor Avenue (in the town centre near the river)
Legend holds it that this site was established around 1500 when a famous monk landed ashore on a piece of his sinking boat. The original temple was constructed by King Ang Chan to spread the (Dhama) Buddha teaching and to provide lodging for monks. However, much of the building seen today was constructed in 1915 and the main vihear completed in 1945. Today it is the largest Buddhist temple in Siem Reap. There is a statue of a reclining Buddha inside.

Wat Preah Prom Rath by Remi Jouan

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