I’ve made it a secret mission to see as many UNESCO World Heritage sites that I can in my lifetime. The idea of seeing some of the most culturally and naturally beautiful and valuable places in the world excites and thrills me beyond words. What better way to understand a new culture than to view and experience the things that that culture holds with the highest regard.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with UNESCO World Heritage sites you can find more information here. The best description of them is this:
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.”
The Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia is the first international UNESCO site I’ve visited. It is coined as one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It is in northern Cambodia, about 6 hours in a bus from Phnom Penh in a city called Siem Reap.
I’d go into a bunch of details about the site like how it contains the the remains of the various capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century. Or how it is 400 square kilometers. Or how it is a “unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization.” But a basic google search and wikipedia perusal will give you all that info. How about I share some pictures and thoughts about my specific trip!
I visited 3 areas: Angkor Thom, Bayon, and Ta Prohm.
And here’s my photo essay: