WHERE IN THE WORLD WEDNESDAY: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

September 3, 2014 Posted by admin - No Comments

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Angkor Wat (meaning “City Temple”) is the most magnificent and largest of all Angkor temples and the top tourist attraction in Cambodia.

Built around the first half of 12th century by King Suryavarman II, the temple’s balance, composition and beauty make it one of the finest monuments in the world. A huge rectangular reservoir surrounds Angkor Wat which rises up through a series of three rectangular terraces to the central shrine and tower at a height of 213 meters (669 feet). This arrangement reflects the traditional Khmer idea of the temple mountain, in which the temple represent Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hinduism.

Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. No visitor to Cambodia should miss a visit to Angkor Wat and to appreciate the complex sufficiently you will need at least three days. Angkor Wat is located just outside Siem Reap in the country’s northwest.