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The region at and near Siem Reap holds some of the world's most wondrous artifacts of historical architecture. In the 9th to 14th century, the Angkor people lived on this land. The people were deeply religious and were master stone carvers, which is one of the best recipes for superb architecture.
The Khmer architecture has withstood true tests of time and is a major tourist attraction in this area. There are countless stone carved monuments and temple edifices remaining and perhaps even more statues and sculptures. All of it together creates a city of stone that is a gateway to the past. The most impressive of all the buildings is the Angkor Wat, or temple.
Architectural styles began in that of Indian design. Buildings were not too ornate on the outside and were built basically just as a plain square tower that created a chamber to make home for their statue of God. Over time however, the Khmer people took on their own, more creative sense of architecture. The base of their design and the way they altered it, made it turly unique to their culture.
Another credit to their design however, is attributed to Hindu religon. This religion is partly responsible for more decoration in the architecture, as many times building carvings were added to tell religious stories.
To mix things up a bit, French colonialist architecture can also be seen in Siem Reap, from the brief period that France colonized the region.