Things To Know Before Visiting Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap
The Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap is operational since October, 2007. It is located in the Charles De Gaulle Road and reaching the Museum by a Tuk Tuk is a good option for the tourists. If you are young, and like to explore the place you visit, walking to the museum is also not a bad idea as it is only about fifteen to twenty minutes away from the old market place. It has different operating hours during different months around the year. From April to September is operates from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM and from October to March it operates from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. The Museum is divided into eight galleries which exhibits the ancient archeological artifacts of the Khmer Kingdom. It is that part of Siem Reap which preserves the rich heritage and culture of the Khmer civilization. It is one of the better tourist’s attractions of Siem Reap so pre-bookings for the visit of this National Museum is always advised.
The Museum is designed in such a way that it shows a narrative of the the Khmer Kingdom. From the formation to the peak and then the downfall, it shows it all. Even though it is owned privately by the Thai Conglomerate it has the controversial name of Angkor and National, both attached to it. Being involved with several controversies, it is decided that the ownership of the place would later go to the Cambodian Government.
Once you enter the National Museum, Siem Reap after paying the entrance fees, you can see a huge hall with the artifacts which is appropriately lit up and looks beautiful. You also have an option to rent a media player while you walk around the museum. It helps in the better understanding of what is exhibited in front of you. You can feel the art and culture of the Khmer dynasty, right from the moment to you go inside the museum. Then you proceed to the second level of the museum and so on. The whole Museum is set up in such a way that you feel like you are going through a series of events. The Pre-Angkor period, to the Angkor religions and beliefs, to knowing about the works of the various kings and finally the downfall of the kingdom.
It is completely mesmerizing and you can feel the charm of the dynasty around you right from the moment you enter, to the moment you leave. It is so eye arresting and engaging that for once you might feel that you are a part of the Kingdom. You can also watch a short video about the dynasty and the kings, which will leave you completely spell bound.
After visiting a wide range of artifacts, you proceed towards the other galleries of the National Museum Siem Reap – The Angkor Wat gallery, which has the preserved antiques from the temples. The Angkor Thom gallery, which has the preserved antiques of the remains of the city, focusing on the water management projects during that time. The story from stones gallery, which has the remains of the wars fought that time and The Costume gallery which shows the transformation of the fashion sense of the people in the Angkor period.
Then comes a part which interests another set of tourists, the ones who are not very interested in the artifacts and the civilization of the Khmer Kingdom are often interested in shopping from the duty free shopping section of Museum Mall. Even though it is a little more expensive that the airport duty free mall, people often shop from there as there are some amazing work by locals displayed for sale.
If you are visiting the Cambodian city Siem Reap, a visit to the National Museum Siem Reap is a must. If you are interested in the art and culture of other civilizations, it will surely transfix you and capture your full attention. The splendid culture of this ancient period is pleasantly portrayed and it will definitely leave