is the ancient capital of the Khmer empire
which thrived from the 9th century
to 15th century CE
. Today it lays in ruins near Siem Reap
though Buddhist monks have been active in small numbers for centuries. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
, and attracts large numbers of international tourists.
The area is made up significant archaeological sites, including:
saw the release of the movie Tomb Raider
, filmed on location at Angkor sites.
See also: Architecture of Cambodia, Cambodia, Khmer empire.