Angkor Eye: Soaring Serenity Above Siem Reap

Angkor Eye, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Standing at an impressive 85 metres high is Siem Reap’s newest attraction, the Angkor Eye. Joining other world famous giant ferris wheels such as the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, it offers an unparalleled 360 degree view over Siem Reap. 

Only recently opened on the 1st of March, the estimated 7.2 million dollar construction of the wheel was achieved via the cooperation of Japanese company CQ Amenic Co and a local investor. The Angkor Eye Ferris wheel is the fourteenth project of CQ Amenic Co, who are already responsible for 13 giant ferris wheels globally and the construction of Aeon Mall in Phnom Penh. 

The Siem Reap Department of Tourism green lit the project as another way to draw tourism into the region. A move praised by Siem Reap’s governor Tea Seyha as not only encouraging tourists to stay longer in Siem Reap, but as a vital step in generating more jobs for the city. 

The project was slightly delayed in its completion having begun in June 2019 following permission from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. It had been expected to be finished at the end of 2019. Now opened, it is one of the largest ferris wheels in the ASEAN region, standing 25 metres taller than Hong Kong’s observation wheel. 

Angkor Eye PricingAdult/ Child Over 12 YearsChild Under 12 YearsInfant/Under 3 Years
ForeignerUSD12USD6FREE
LocalUSD5USD2.50FREE

Located in Svay Dangkum, parallel to the Boxville complex, the wheel is a sight to behold both day and night, when it is beautifully illuminated. Lasting 18 minutes per rotation, the 4 passenger capacity cabins gently raise you up and over the city in air conditioned comfort. The 48 cabins allow for up to 192 passengers to ride at any given time. 

Managed by Angkor Eye Company Limited, the wheel itself was imported in its entirety from Japan. Weighing in at over 700 tonnes, it was built to Japanese industry and safety standards.

Janna Cheab is a long-time fan of Siem Reap and no stranger to travel, originally from Australia, she met her Cambodian husband in Siem Reap a decade ago following a year spent globetrotting. After 7 years back home she has recently returned with her young family in tow to set down roots and start a small business. She has written for a number of magazines and websites, including Siemreap.net.