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Amazing facts about the Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia

The beautiful temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

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Cambodia is a country located in Southeast Asia. Cambodia is also known as Kampuchea. Apart from its other beautiful attractions, Cambodia is also famous for the Angkor Wat temples. Initially, Angkor Wat was a Hindu religious temple. But it changed into a Buddhist temple. It was Khmer King Suryavarman II, who built this temple in the early 12th century. Moreover the temple is the largest religious monument in Asia.

Origin of the temple and architecture.

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Angkor Wat is in the modern town of Siem Reap. The temple is also famous for its stunning architecture. First of all, Angkor Wat has remains of the ancient Khmer empire. The temple is surrounded by Khmer art. In addition, the temple is also famous for the carvings of several apsaras (nymphs) in the walls.

Details of the architecture.

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The temple has its own grandeur. The temple complex stretches over 400 sq km. The outer wall of the temple is 4.5 m in height. Also, more than 5 million tons of sandstone was used to build the temple. Approximately 300,000 labourers were used for the construction. The temple took 35 years to be built. The temple has 800 m long, series of carvings, that depict historical events and stories from mythology.

Central temple complex- Bakan Sanctuary.

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The central complex has three storeys which are made of laterite. The upper storey is also known as Bakan Sanctuary. This is the highest peak of Angkor Wat’s central temple. This peak is mostly at demand because the view is breathtaking. Inside the sanctuary, there is a statue of Lord Buddha seated on a naga (snake). There is also a rectangular object made of stone. This was believed to be a sarcophagus for the king who built this temple.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a source of national pride for the people of Cambodia. Furthermore, the temple is believed to be the King’s funerary temple. Because the temple has a unique construction. It is based on a symbolism between the setting sun and death.

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Hence the temple is a must visit for every traveller. It is not about being religious but the architecture has its unique charm. The beauty of the entire temple complex is enough to make our visit at least once in our lifetime.

 

 

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