Memory of the Khmer

Angkor was the longest-running capital of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th century to the 14th century. Thus, the number and the scales of the temples and ensembles alone are already impressive, offering a unique collection of various Khmer architectural styles that eventually reached its perfection with the construction of Angkor Wat.

By the way, let’s clarify something: Angkor Wat is just one of the ‘many’ temples in Angkor. In fact,

If I were to recommend the ‘must sees’, be sure to visit and spend some time exploringBayon, the terraces in the royal grounds, Ta ProhmPre RupBanteay SreiSras Srang(after the repairs!), Prasat KravanNeak Pean, and, of course, Angkor Wat. The older Roluos Group is also given special mention in the WHC dossier of Angkor, so its worth paying this a visit too.

  • Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero is a self-confessed cultural junky. Based in the Philippines, he has delivered several talks on tourism, destination promotion and management, and the importance of cultural conservation. As an independent heritage researcher and consultant, he has assisted and appeared in some features by the Euronews, NGC-Asia, and Solar News Channel's What I See travel show. He has traveled (both work and leisure) extensively in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, and takes high interest in ticking off as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible. So far, Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, the Preah Vihear Temple in Cambodia, and the Philippines' Apo Reef and Ifugao Rice Terraces are the best places he has seen in SE Asia. In spare time, he also checks out those sites submitted to the Tentative List for World Heritage inscription. A member of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, he holds a BA in English Studies (cum laude) degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations, and is currently on an MA program of the same field.

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