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Angkor Wat in Cambodia – Spring Equinox Observance

Join hundreds of people as they come together to watch the Spring Equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

The Sun crowns the pinnacle of the central tower of Angkor Wat. Photo by user take... on Flickr.

Spring Equinox sunrise coming over the central tower of Angkor Wat. Photo by take… (CC BY 2.0), via Flickr

What: Spring Equinox Observance

Where: Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

When: Spring Equinox  Time: Sunrise

About: Observe the breathtaking alignment of the Spring Equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat (or “City of Temples”) one of the largest temples in the world spanning over 400 acres.

Below is an account from the author of Angkor Wat: Time, Space and Kingship, Eleanor Mannikka describing her experience of the alignment and what you may expect to see:

 On the morning of the vernal equinox day (roughly March 21st each year), once we have passed through the main western entrances and stand facing the interior grounds of the temple, we encounter a spectacular solar alignment . At 6:35 a.m., the sun can be seen rising dead-center over the top of the central tower of the temple – about 500 m. away – when observed from the top of the first northern staircase of the western causeway. Three days later, the sun can be seen rising over the central tower for the second and last time, from the center of the western causeway at a point just a few meters south of the first observation position…


A stone mural of  “The churning of the Milky Ocean”  depicting the Asuras and the Devas in a tug of war, can also be seen at Angkor Wat and is associated with the Spring Equinox and its timeless message of spirituality rooted in ancient Hinduism.

Admission Fees: You must purchase a $20.00 admission pass to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park.  These can be purchased at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat.

Visiting Hours: 5:00AM – 6:00PM.

A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites.  Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the offices of the site directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.

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  • Its Amazing, i have read in some docs that it happens in september (21-23) equinox too, if you have visited during that time or if any idea pls do share ,thank you.

    i love to visit this place.Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi

      I think the spring equinox sunrise location on the horizon matches the autumn equinox sunrise (and I just double checked for Angkor Wat.) You know how in winter the sun rises far towards the south and makes only a little arch over the horizon, whereas in summer it rises more towards the north and does a big one right over your head. In the middle is spring as well as autumn on the way back.

      From what I’ve read Angkor Wat does have four walls each related to the different parts of the year. However its most prominent alignment or association is with the spring equinox, due to churning of the milky ocean mural, the layout of the Angkor Wat area in the form of a serpent, as well as the temple tower (representing Mount Meru) aligning with spring sunrise.

      I do not, from the top of my head, know much more about possible autumn connections at Angkor Wat. But they might well be there, because it’s an amazingly built place and I too would love to visit it one day :-)!

  • With such an incredible temple built to align up to the Spring equinox, and with that cosmic tug of war mural, it must be a great place to be for this special time of the year!

    That whole area of temples must’ve at one point hosted a very interesting community of people. Would love to have a time machine 🙂 But perhaps something can still be captured by going there now….

    Thanks for sharing the event.

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