Southeast Asia Tour 2015
Siem Reap | Cambodia
25 Nov 2015 | Wed
Day 07 of 46
The Phimeanakas temple is an iconic structure located in the Cambodian town of Angkor. The temple is part of a larger complex known as Angkor Wat, which is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. This temple dates back to the 10th century and stands as a symbol of the ancient Khmer Empire that ruled from 800-1431 AD.
Phimeanakas was used by royalty for religious ceremonies and rituals throughout its history. Its architecture follows that of the Hindu temples typical at this time, although much more intricate carvings are present here than in other similar structures across Cambodia. The inner sanctums were believed to be home to a magical serpent upon which kings would sit during their coronation ceremonies, adding further symbolism to this already powerful site.