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Siem Reap and Cruising the Mekong

Angkor Archaeological Park - Angkor Wat

sunny 85 °F

We saved the best for last, and made the visit to Angkor Wat this morning and an amazing complex it is. It is a Hindu temple complex and is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is at the top 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.

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Posted by rpickett 02:12 Archived in Cambodia Tagged angkor wat

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