Half Day War Museum, Siem Reap‘s Killing Fields and Artisans D’Angkor
War Museum, Siem Reap‘s
Killing Fields and
Siem Reap has withstood the test of time during past wars; remnants of these times are shown
when we take you around Siem Reap to a local pagoda and the interesting War Museum.
Finally, keeping traditional arts alive is shown at Les Artisans d’Angkor.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Both blissful as revealing, this half day outing brings forward key elements of how varied, enthralling and culturally diverse Siem Reap actually is. Moving away from the Angkor magnitude that has put Cambodia on the tourism map since its earliest discoveries, this bustling town has more up its sleeve for a break away from UNESCO-protected temples, jungle-clad ruins, and historical anecdotes of what once was the centre of the world.
Through Buddhism, its almost unavoidable connection with past battles, and its current drive to give the less-fortunate to shine like never before, three totally different landmarks of Siem Reap are taking centre stage, yet are unmissable when getting a total picture of Cambodia’s main tourism destination.
08:00 - 11:00
11:00 - 14:00
Our morning (or afternoon) starts from your hotel lobby where your guide and driver for the next 3 hours. Touring in and around Siem Reap is something that is often overlooked. Travelers seldom take in the charm and unique characteristics of Siem Reap itself. A combination of history, Buddhist believes and showing you the artful craftsmanship of its residents.
We start our half day with a visit to Wat Thmey. This small pagoda has been thriving with life as many young monks see this as one of the most important places in Siem Reap to brush up on their English skills. The pagoda is well-known as a reminder of the cruel acts from the Khmer Rouge – a dedicated Killing Field memorial stupa has been erected on the temple grounds as a reminder of the harshness in the past. The stupa contains bones and skulls who have succumbed under the practices by the Khmer Rouge in the 20th century.
Our day continues to the War Museum; it shows visitors an insightful view of the lives of the Cambodian nation when it was engulfed in war for three decade before we end the day at the building and work done at ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’. This institution has been set up in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone-carving and wood-sculpting. Many of the apprentices of his centre have been part of an ever-growing art scene in Cambodia and their skills are recognized throughout the Kingdom.
After this visit and a chance to browse through some of the completed art work, we bring you back to your hotel.