Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination because it is close to the largest religious monument in the world, the temple complex of Angkor Wat. A legacy of the Khmer Empire which ruled the area for 500 years beginning in the 9th century, Angkor served as its capital city. The majestic monuments are testimony of the impressive achievements of that era and continue to be popular tourist attractions. The people of Siem Reap take pride in the monument they consider the soul of Cambodia. In this episode, we explore the city of Siem Reap and meet its residents who embrace Buddhism and preserve the culture of the Khmer Empire.