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“Good pre- temple primer”

Angkor National Museum
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Ranked #22 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Seattle, Washington
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“Good pre- temple primer”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

This museum is especially set up to give you context and background on the temples you will visit in the archeological park. For instance, in one room they have 1000 Buddhas taken from the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom. The museum has different rooms that are air conditioned & connected by open air walk ways and features a circular ramp in the middle that reminded me of the Guggenheim. In the various galleries were videos that played in different languages that explained about the gallery or myths portrayed in the elegant carvings found in some of the major temples. A good way to get context for what you are to see if you aren't a Hindu or Buddhist or don't have a scholar's grasp of Cambodian history centered around the construction of the area.

Visited April 2014
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“Go here BEFORE you see the temples”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We went here our first morning, and then did the "big tour" of out-lying temples.
Extremely modern, a great introduction to the enormity, variety and historical development of the neighbouring temple complexes.
The room of 1000 Buddhas alone is worth the price of admission! Also has friendly gift shop and cafe.

Visited April 2014
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“A great museum to visit after a few temples”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is a very didactic museum, with lots of interesting background on the temple religious evolution, characters, sculptures. It is important to go there early on then you can better understand what you see in the temples. I highly recommend going there at mid-day when the heat is the highest as the museum has nice air conditioning. It is very uncrowded.You will easily spend 2 hours there. During the visit, have a cappuccino at the museum coffee shop, it is in the middle of the visit and they had great coffee there.

Visited April 2014
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“Very Good Museum”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We visited the museum on our last day on the morning we flew home, really just to pass on a hour or so. I wish we could have visited the museum before we went to the temples as I think it would have made the temple visits all the more pleasurable as it highlighted certain interesting parts of the temples that we in fact missed on our visit. The museum is very interesting and well worth a visit, entry fee is also very reasonable.

Visited April 2014
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Cape Town, South Africa
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“Must see before temples”
Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Definitely make the time to visit the museum (with a guide) before visiting the temples. It's a great summary of the Angkor and Kmer history. Lovely modern and cool museum with nice multimedia facilities. Allocate 2 hours for this visit.

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