Angkor Wat - a photographic tour of the 12th century temple

Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was built as a Hindu temple in the 12th century during the reign of Suryavarman II. It's the most popular place to view the sun as it rises above the temple complex. At sunrise, most tour groups go inside the walls as many individual travelers (with their tour guides) stay outside the moat. Since Angkor Wat is west-facing, I love to visit this temple in the late afternoon when the setting sun brings out the earthen colors of the walls and buildings.

If you're interested in visiting Angkor Wat, take a look at our post about planning a trip to this amazing 12th century temple complex. If you'd like to see a photo tour of another ancient temple at Angkor, read our post about the stone faces of Bayon.

Crossing the moat and approaching the outer walls of Angkor Wat. The late day sun brings out its colors.

Approaching the entrance to Angkor Wat on a clear blue-sky day

The outside wall of Angkor Wat in the late day sun

Looking across the vast interior between the outer walls and the temple of Angkor Wat. Photo taken mid-day.

The library is located between the outer walls and the temple of Angkor Wat. Photo taken mid-day.

The pond in front mirrors the temple of Angkor Wat

The late afternoon sun makes for a more vibrant photo of Angkor Wat as reflected in the pond in front of it

Walking down the long walkway between the outer wall and the temple at Angkor Wat in the late afternoon

The temple at Angkor Wat in the mid-day sun

These bas-reliefs depict the Apsara dancers hundreds of years ago

There are many stairs to climb at Angkor Wat. A clear blue sky can make for vivid photos during mid-day.

Some sections of Angkor Wat are less crowded and a good place to see much of the temple

Crowds are heavy at Angkor Wat during the middle of the day

The main temple area at Angkor Wat during the middle of the day

Looking along the front wall of Angkor Wat with the moat off to the side in the late afternoon sun

Looking east from the back of Angkor Wat. Photo taken mid-day.

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