Five Gates of Angkor

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Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
Experience highlights
This 5-hour on-foot exploration is led by Darryl Collins, who has lived in Siem Reap since 2004 and who manages the Collection Inventory Project at the National Museum of Cambodia. Don’t just visit Angkor Thom; understand it. This 3km by 3km walled city was the last capital city of the Khmer Empire (802-1431) and could only be accessed by five gates: North, South, East, West and Victory. Each of these were elaborate, framed by giant faces carved out of stone that have been preserved to this day. Guided by Darryl, participants will gain enriching insight into the importance and architectural feats of this magnificent gated wall, as well as the lives of the Khmer people inside and outside of the perimeter. Darryl will draw upon his decades researching Asian art and living in Cambodia to provide the historical background and cultural context travelers need to fully appreciate the temples and ruins.
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Directions
Darryl can meet participants at their hotel or another agreed-upon venue in Siem Reap.
Notes
For the tour, you must provide the transportation. Your hotel can arrange for a car. StraitsJourneys can also organize transportation. Please let us know by logging on and sending a secure message through the inbox. Also, please note that you will require a pass to the Angkor Archeological Park for the tour.

Darryl beach
Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
About the expert
- Manager for Collection Inventory Project at the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh - Former lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh - Co-authored and published Building Cambodia: ‘New Khmer Architecture’ 1953-1970 Darryl Collins first journeyed to Cambodia in 1994 with a team from the National Gallery of Australia, to work with an Australian government-funded project assisting the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Exactly two decades later, Darryl returned to the National Museum to take on the role of manager for the Collection Inventory Project. Over a period of 9 years, the project has focused on registering works of art and transferring early French records of the museum onto a custom database. Darryl studied over four years at Sophia University, Tokyo, afterwards spending two years travelling as a curator for “The Shogun Age Exhibition” from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya. In 1993, he earned his Masters of Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. His thesis examined the relationship between Asian Art and Australia from the 1830s-1930s. In the past, Darryl was employed in state and national galleries in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra, and for two years performed archaeological research on ancient kiln sites in Si Satchanalai, Thailand with the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide University and the Department of Fine Arts, Bangkok. For five years, he lectured at the Department of Archaeology for the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh. From mid-2003 to mid-2004, Darryl completed a year-long consultancy with the Department of Culture and Research at the APSARA Authority in Siem Reap. Darryl now resides in Siem Reap and is passionately involved with several transported and restored fine heritage Khmer wooden houses. He spends his spare time writing and researching art, architectural and cultural topics. He has also worked with others to document post-independence architecture of the Sangkum Reastr Niyum period (1953-1970); the co-authored publication Building Cambodia: ‘New Khmer Architecture’ 1953-1970 was published in 2006.
Darryl beach
Hosted by  Darryl Collins
Historian
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