Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

If there is one sight that is worth getting up at 4am for it is to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat Temple. It is one of the most beautiful scenes I have had the opportunity to share with my mother.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
As the sun rises the sky turns orange

The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “City Temple” , so fitting as this is the main temple in a city of temples.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west, something that still puzzles scholars.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
It was worth getting up this early for!

Sunrise and sunset are typically the most popular times to visit the Angkor Wat. If you must have that perfect photo of the temple silhouetted against the rising sun and the reflection off the pond in the foreground, you will need to be there well before sunrise to get a good spot. I was not very happy to get up at 4am but luckily we got there before the main crowd arrived so we could get a good spot.

Alternatively, after the first wave of tourists from sunrise have cleared the temple, there are periods throughout the day when Angkor Wat can be explored in relative isolation.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple

The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture and it is this temple that has become the symbol of Cambodia. Angkor Wat is so significant to Cambodia that it’s iconic towers appear on the national flag

Sunrise over Angkor Wat Temple
What a beautiful sight!!
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14 comments

  1. My mom and I were at Angkor Wat but it was in 1992 so we didn’t even know about the sunrise nor were there other tourists. I am headed back this Christmas and wondering what time you had to be there to “beat” the others so to speak. I look forward to following your blog. Happy travels, Cheryl

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