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Angkor Wat Temple Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat Temple Siem Reap, Angkor Wat has been known as the world biggest Buddhist temple complex, and the temple is located in northern Cambodia. It was started to established in the first half of the 12th century, originally as a Hindu temple. The size of the temple is size across more than 400 acres, and it’s about 164 Hetar Angkor Wat is said to be the largest religious monument in the world. Its name, which translates to “temple city” in the Khmer language of the region, references the fact it was built by Emperor Suryavarman II, who ruled the region from 1113 to 1150, as the state temple and political center of his empire.

The Cambodia Ancient temple of Angkor Wat is located at the northern of Phnom Penh city and it’s 5-6 hours drive by modern cars, the famous temple of Angkor Wat is about the style five towers of the temple. 


The building of Angkor wat temple is not hard yo grasp when everyone are already walking down to go inside of the temples. Because the complexity and the beauty of both attract and distract one’s attention. From a distance Angkor Wat appears to be a colossal mass of stone on one level with a long causeway leading to the center but close up it is a series of elevated towers, covered galleries, chambers, porches and courtyards on different levels linked by stairways.

The height of Angkor Wat from the ground to the top of the central tower is greater than it might appear: 213 meters (699 feet), achieved with three rectangular or square levels (1-3) Each one is progressively smaller and higher than the one below starting from the outer limits of the temple.

Covered galleries with columns define the boundaries of the first and second levels. The third level supports five towers –four in the corners and one in the middle and these is the most prominent architectural feature of Angkor Wat. This arrangement is sometimes called a quincunx. Graduated tiers, one rising above the other, give the towers a conical shape and, near the top, rows of lotuses taper to a point.


Angkor Wat History

Angkor Wat was built in the reign of Suryavarman II king– a militarily aggressive King, who powered from 1113 AD to around 1150 AD. As well as Angkor Wat, Suryavarman II is credited with constructing Beng Melea and Banteay Samre temples.

Angkor Wat is dedicated Hundu gods of Vishnu, and facing to the west – the reason of many scholars  and experts are believed that it is a funerary temple. It was abandoned for some years after Suryavarman II’s death, when Jayavarman established a new state capital at Angkor Thom. However, there has been a small population living within the Angkor Wat area almost up until the present day. The moat protected it to a certain extent from being totally overtaken by the jungle (unlike Ta Prohm) and there were monks living in and around the temple for many years, as well as the walls providing some shelter for refugees during the civil war.

Angkor Wat was “discovered” by António da Madalena in 1586, but global awareness of the temple was really created through the travel writings of French explorer Henri Mouhot in the mid 19th century. The site was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and from that time restoration work has been ongoing.


Today, Angkor wat is turning to be number one of the worldwide tourist, and it’s one of the good pion to see the sunrise in early morning 


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