Angkor National Museum
Charles De Gaulle, Siem Reap, Cambodia
www.angkornationalmuseum.com - 063 966 601
Angkor National Museum Siem Reap Reviews
Overpriced, but worth going to get some background on the Angkor temples Nov 25, 2014
The Angkor National Museum has a huge collection of Khmer artifacts that have been found around the Angkor temples. The museum is located next to the Royal Gardens.
You can pay admission at the museum itself, or at some agency, where you will be given a receipt which will be your ticket for admission.
The museum is divided into different galleries, starting with the Briefing Room and the Gallery of the 1000 Buddhas. The Briefing Room has a short introductory video on the museum. And the Gallery of the 1000 Buddhas, as its name would indicate, has a lot of Buddha statues. Though not really relating to the Angkor temples, they are amazing to look at.
Then comes the galleries that are related to the Angkor temples. Each one of these, focuses on a different aspect of the temples. Like the Khmer civilization, the kings who help build the temples, background on Buddhism and Hinduism, the different artwork on the temple walls, and more. They are good descriptions in each gallery, and a bunch of artifacts on display. I would say, it is pretty extensive, and a lot to take in for an average museum-goer, like myself.
Now I have read that the museum should be visited before seeing the Angkor ruins. Well, I would say, that is partially true. On the one hand, there are the ones that give background history on the temples, and the theme behind them. But on the other hand, there are a couple galleries, each one focusing on Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the 2 most well-known temples. I would think that these are worth seeing after seeing the actual temples themselves, to give more context on what you just saw.
Though with its overpriced admission ($12) to the museum, it is very hard to justify going to the museum twice. Plus with so much information, it can be overwhelming. That said, if I had to pick and choose when to go, I would still say, go before seeing the temples.
There is an audioguide, which is $3 extra, and something that museum staff will say, is very necessary to understand better. Well, I say… DON’T get it. It is a huge waste, and basically repeats most of what the descriptions have already said. I ended up not using it after a while.
Overall, I think this is a nice museum, and a good introduction on the Angkor temples. Worth checking out, but only if you are in Siem Reap for at least 4 days. Or on a rainy day.
Photography is not allowed inside the galleries. Just in the hallways and areas outside of them.
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A must do Feb 18, 2014
If you are planning to visit the Angkor Wat and the other temples of the area first go to the museum.
It will give you an insight of its history of the place and you will be able to appreciate the sights with a different perspective.
I have done it and even if i had watched some documentaries about the place i found it highly interesting.
Its location is very close to the center of Siem Reap and it is a short ride with a took took or you are adventurous get a bike and go there, although the way they are driving there i stress the part of adventure...
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