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Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap
Tel: 855 63 966 601
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Angkor National Museum, which opened in 2008, provides a fine primer on the Angkor archaeological park, especially if you're touring the ruins without a guide or only plan a short stay in Siem Reap. The eight galleries span nearly 2,000 years of Khmer culture, including such artifacts as a 7th-century sandstone Vishnu, but the museum justly focuses on the golden age of the Angkor Empire, from the 10th to the mid-13th centuries. Showpieces include a richly carved pink-sandstone lintel from Banteay Srei; an enchanting seated figure of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, from Preah Khan; and a graceful rendition of the multi-armed goddess Lokesvara from Angkor Thom. Special exhibits cover in detail Angkor Wat and its famed bas-relief, The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, as well as the challenges of contemporary conservation. The interpretation is far more comprehensive than at the National Museum of Cambodia; the $12 admission fee, however, is four times that of its Phnom Penh counterpart, which has a stronger collection.—Christopher Cox
Open daily 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.