The Angkor National Museum
Delve into the mystery of the mighty Khmer Empire
Here where you will see sculptures, writings, and artifacts that are the remnants of this powerful ancient culture that have been retrieved from the ancient temples.
From stone inscriptions that have recorded important historical events – to Buddhist wisdom portrayed through art…it is here you will find the best preserved early sculptures and stonework in Siem Reap.
The Angkor National Museum is divided into 8 areas that all have their own theme:-
Gallery A – The Origins of the Khmer Empire
Gallery B – Religion & Beliefs
Gallery C – The Great Khmer Kings
Gallery D – Angkor Wat: Heaven on Earth
Gallery E – Angkor Thom: The Pantheons of Spirit
Gallery F – Evidence from the Past
Gallery G – Ancient Costumes
Gallery of 1,000 Buddha Images:
On the second level, you will come across a room called “Gallery of 1,000 Buddha Images”. Enveloped in subdued lighting, you are literally surrounded by 1,000 Buddha all made from stone, gold, wood, brass, copper, and marble.
They reflect the change in Buddhism over the centuries and range from small to life size statues. Some of these figures are very old, stretching to the more modern variations – however, all are beautifully preserved and makes this an impressive sight.
Leaving the “Gallery of 1,000 Buddha Images” – on the left-hand side, you will see a Buddhist shrine with a mat and incense…this is where you can sit and pray. Upon the wall are a number of prayers that can be selected (depending on what you are asking for)…which can be used during your personal ceremony.
There is an honor box and donations are given to help the preservation of Cambodian artifacts.
The building itself is new and beautifully designed with a spiral (wheelchair friendly) ramp, which will take you to the second story. The entire complex is air-conditioned and there are two small theaters:
Top Floor Theater: – What the museum has to offer regarding exhibits
Bottom Floor Theater: – A complete history of Angkor Wat
Entrance Fee: US $12.00
Audio Tour Guide available and costs an extra $5.00.
You will receive a head set and small player which you can hang around your neck. Various numbers throughout the museum correspond with your Audio Tour Guide and easy to use.
It is worth paying the extra to understand the significance of what you are seeing. Packed with historical information, the audio guides are available in English, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Chinese, Thai, Spanish and Russian.
TIP: By purchasing them straight from the museum you will not need to pay any agents fees.
The museum has a check in counter where you can leave large bags.
A coffee shop serves tea, coffee, drinks and some snacks.
Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (daily)
Address: No. 968, Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khrum 6, Phoum Salakanseng, Khom Svaydangum, Siem Reap.
Telephone: 063 966 601
For Group Reservation: [email protected]