Have you ever heard of Cambodia before this? Do you know where are the interesting places to visit in Cambodia? Now, I am going to tell you a little bit of history of Cambodia. Well, Cambodia may be one of the poorest nations in Asia, but it is rich in cultural heritage. That is the fact that many people doesn’t know about. From the majestic temples in the jungle to the memorials dedicated to the millions who died during the Khmer Rouge years, Cambodia has a few gems worth visiting. Let us see what are the most visited places in Cambodia.
Visitors usually will be visiting Angkor Wat for their first destination. Why is it so? That is because Angkor Wat has it own attractions. Literally meaning “City Temple”, Angkor Wat is one of the greatest temple complexes of the world, first devoted to Hinduism and then converted to Theravada Buddhism. Angkor Wat was built by King Suyarvarman II in the 12th Century as a testament to Khmer civilization, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle. Through the centuries, wandering Buddhist monks tell tales of a lost city deep in the lands of Indochina, and European travellers eventually became aware of the legends. It wasn’t until 1860 that Henri Mouhot, a French explorer, wrote about the temple in 1860 and captivated the Western World ever since. The temple is also a unique place because it used to be the Tomb Rider site location for shooting.
Next place is Phnom Penh which is the capital city in Cambodia. For your information, the Royal Palace and National Museum are located here. When visiting the Royal Palace, you must remember to cover any exposed legs or shoulder as a sign of respect. A 700-year old temple built on an artificial hill that is 100 feet high. The main entrance of this important Phnom Penh pagoda is guarded by modern statues of human-shaped figures, lion-like creature, and serpents. Wat Phnom is the centre of the city’s celebration of the Cambodian New Year.
Lastly, the most mysterious place in Cambodia is, Choeung Ek or known as the killing fields. A visit to this place is a MUST. During the 1970’s, Cambodia was taken over by the communist Pol Pot, who then proceeded to commit genocide against his own countrymen. He hired children as his army, then made them turn against their own parents and other adults. Wishing to revert Cambodia back into an agrarian economy, Pol Pot converted school houses and other buildings into prison camps and torture chambers. After subjecting his victims to such atrocities, he then led them to the killing fields to be executed. Choeung Ek is now filled with pits that used to be mass graves where thousands of skeletons were buried.
So, when you are visiting Cambodia, do not forget to visit all the interesting places that I had mentioned earlier, I hope by visiting other countries, we will learn something valuable that we couldn’t get anywhere because some of the best natural and manmade sight-seeing in Asia belongs to the country of Cambodia