Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre—first Hindu, then Buddhist—since its foundation. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temples. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 km (2.2 miles) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is orientated to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. As well as for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, the temple is admired for its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.Angkor Wat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


After landing in Siem Reap I contracted a Taxi at the Airport for 5 days ($25 each). Therin my driver promptly took me to the River Village and after an exhausting afternoon there drove me to the main Angkor Temple for my first glimpse. I barely had enough energy to walk into the courtyard BUT the initial feeling was amazement at the sheer size of the place, unaware that what I saw was just a tiny fraction of the whole layout.



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