Cambodia‏ temples make top five landmarks list

27th Jun 2013

Cambodia's sublime wonders have been officially recognised - with two of its major attractions being named among the top five landmarks to visit this year.

Angkor Wat finished second and Bayon Temple fifth in the Travellers' Choice Attractions awards' top 10 World Landmarks 2013 announced by TripAdvisor.

Amazing Angkor is one of the most important cultural sites of South-east Asia, housing both these temples.

Angkor Wat is a major archaeological destination and the world's biggest religious monument - with an outer wall of 3.6 kilometres (2.2 miles).

This part-Hindu, part-Buddhist 12th-century temple has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag.

The site is revered for its grandeur and harmony of architecture, which leaves tourists spellbound.

The Bayon Temple is another prime attraction for holidaymakers on group tours, dating back to the 12th century.

Its most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the myriad towers which protrude from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.

The temple is famous for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an intriguing mixture of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.

The awards are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

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