Angkor Wat is a temple located in Cambodia. It was first a Hindu temple before it later became a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat was built by Khmer King Suryavarman II during the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire.
Angkor Wat remains the largest religious monument in the world. It is one of the most visited religious sites. A visit to this magnificent monument, Angkor Wat, offers you deep symbolism, brilliant architecture, intricate reliefs, amazing sunrise and sunset, and lots more.
A massive Temple Complex – Angkor Wat is one of the largest Hindu temple complex that can be found all over the world. Not only is the temple complex large, it is also stunning. The Angkor Wat temple covers about 500 acres of land. The name “Angkor Wat” literally means Temple City. As massive as the temple complex is, it was built with no single machine; manual labor, elephants, and millions of tons of sand. Incredible!
Deep Symbolism – Angkor Wat is believed to represent Mt. Meru. This is a legendary home of the Hindu gods in Hindu mythology. It has a tall central tower which is about 65m tall. The tower is surrounded by an enclosed wall. The whole structure is then protected by a vast moat. The towers serve as the representation of the Mt. Meru peaks. The wall symbolizes mountains at the edge of the world, while the moat represents the oceans.
Brilliant Architecture – An aerial or drone picture of the Angkor Wat is simply stunning. The incredible and perfect symmetry with which the Angkor Wat monument was constructed. The fact that it was done almost a thousand year ago makes it more fascinating. That’s not all. You will even be amazed by the detailed structuring of the corridors, chambers, elevated towers, porches, and lots more on entering the Angkor Wat monument.
Intricate Reliefs – Furthermore, there are several detailed and complex reliefs all over Angkor Wat monument. All of which are a perfect representation of the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. Words alone may not be enough to describe the absolute beauty of these bas-reliefs. Imagine the walls of the building literally coming alive and speaking to you through the stonework. Simply stunning!
Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor Wat – If you are looking for the best sunrise and sunset in the world, you really need to be at Angkor Wat. This is not an exaggeration, the view of this superb monument being silhouetted by a rising and setting sun can only be beaten by very few in the world. Reflection in the lotus pond is really spectacular. Simply put, it like the earth and skies coming together as one. You just have to be lucky with the weather…
Khmer Rouge Killing Fields -When I visited Angkor Wat I took also a trip to the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. A visit to the city cannot be complete without taking a trip to the Cambodian genocide and Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. About 17,000 children, infants, men, and women and who had been imprisoned and tortured at the S-21 prison were moved to Choeung Ek for extermination between 1975 and 1978. Although, it is now peaceful place today. Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the horrors that happened at the field several years ago. The museum shows over 8000 skulls. This may be a sad place to visit, however, it is necessary to understand the history of Cambodia. The Killing Fields are gut wrenching to walk through, only a few people can walk through without shedding tears.
Angkor Wat has become a UNESCO world heritage site since 1992. If you are fascinated by heritage structures and historical monuments, Angkor Wat has everything to offer.