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Culture of places in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is indeed the cultural hub of Cambodia, with plenty of temples and ancient history backing it up. The Angkor Wat, which is the most famous and ancient Hindu temple, makes Siem Reap a pinpoint for most tourists. The tourists draw here in Siem Reap is because of the ancient history and the cultural activities as well that attract the visitors. Below are the cultural and heritage sites that you must visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and connect to the culture here.
Angkor Wat Archeological Park
This UNESCO heritage site is number one on the list because of ancient history, and that dates back to the period of the Khmer Empire. This archeological park stretches to 400 km, and the tourists visit here to see the multiple temples spread across the whole territory. The famous temples here are Angkor wat and Bayon. Also, the Ta Prohm, the root riddled temple, is widespread; you may know it from the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
Photo by Gordy Adsit
Phare, The Cambodian Circus
While there is the urge to explore most of the cultural activities in Siem Reap, you can visit the great circus. Here you can check out the excellent blend of acrobatics, drama, thrill, and the take on the Khmer tale with a modern touch. It will introduce you to the history, and the amazing actors with their acting, music, and dance make the circus worth giving a shot.
Photo by Ted McGrath
Kompong Pluk, the floating village
Tonle Sap lake stretches into many villages, and you will be surprised to know that there are houses built within the lake. The lake expands with a list of various towns, out of which the Kompong Pluk is the most popular. You can also plan a homestay here while you are visiting Siem Reap. You will be fascinated to check out the floating shops while you are sailing past them and the flooded forests.
Photo by Janoski
Wat Damnak is a Buddhist temple and one of the most ancient ones as well. Here you will find some beautiful statues and carvings, and not just that; you will feel Wat Damnak as an oasis in the middle of the Siem Reap with bright and fresh gardens, series of intricate and well-maintained buildings and much more.
Photo by Bill Jonhston
Apsara theatre Restaurant
While you are in Siem reap, you must visit the Apsara Theatre Restaurant where you will not only eat in peace but also enjoy the theatre. With the cultural theatre show combined with the traditional dance pulls you a step ahead in the cultural staircase of Siem Reap. You can feast on tasty food and the cultural tales combined with drama, music, and dances. This Apsara restaurant is a popular place among tourists and even the natives.
Photo by Angkor Village Hotel
The above mentioned are some of the places that will make your journey in Siem Reap exciting, and while you are exploring the culture here, you will enjoy these locations as well. You can also visit the national museum to explore the history and explore the wildlife and biodiversity, and the landmine museum has some tales to tell as well.