Temples of Shiva in Angkor and the Ancient Khmer Empire

From 9th to mid 12th centuries, the kings of Angkor ruled the Wold on behalf of the Hindu God Shiva and venrated him in grand pyramid temples.

From late 12th to 13th centuries, Angkor was turned Budddhist.

See also:

Display and decay of splendour - Late Buddhist temples in Angkor

(Under construction)

A new guide to Angkor e-book 


Click the names for links.

Bakong, Phnom Bakheng, Baksei Chamkrong, Koh Ker, Ta Keo, Preah Vihear, Baphuon, and Angkor Wat

  • Bakong
  • Phnom Bakheng
    Phnom Bakheng
  • Baksei Chamkrong
    Baksei Chamkrong
  • Koh Ker
    Koh Ker
  • Pre Rup
    Pre Rup
  • Ta Keo
    Ta Keo
  • Preah Vihear
    Preah Vihear
  • Baphuon
  • Angkor Wat
    Angkor Wat

About Me


I am Reinhart, from Germany. In the last decades of the last century, I used to teach German, Geography and History. I was well read and travelled a lot, mainly in Asia. In 2000, I was retired and travelled to South- and Southeast Asia. I visited the temples of Angkor and eventually got stuck in Siem Reap, where I am living.

Like the ox in front of the new barn door

In 2001, I had to teach German speaking tour guides. But I could not explain the temples, even though I knew them (as I believed) and there were texts. Something was missing.


Real understanding started only when I viewed the temples in their historical context and their original function.

I have seen and been around a lot. Besides Angkor, I saw most of the essential temples abroad, from Banteay Chhmar in the west to Preah Ko (Prasat Boran) near Stoeng Treng on the Mekong, and from Preah Vihear in the north to Phnom Bayang in the south.

I have taken photographs, read books, and I have got the whole thing in a context.

I am not a tour guide but a searcher for traces of Ancient Angkor, and a story-teller.