Angkor Wat

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gingerbatik gingerba…
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Angkor Wat Jun 26, 2013
Angkor Wat means “temple city” and it is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. It was built between roughly A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of about 500 acres (200 hectares).

Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and statues of Buddha were added to its already rich artwork.

Its 213-foot-tall (65 meters) central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers and a series of enclosure walls, a layout that recreates the image of Mount Meru, a legendary place in Hindu mythology that is said to lie beyond the Himalayas and be the home of the gods.

The temple is surrounded by a 650-foot-wide (200 meters) moat that encompasses a perimeter of more than 3 miles (5 km). This moat is 13 feet deep (4 meters) and would have helped stabilize the temple’s foundation, preventing groundwater from rising too high or falling too low.

Angkor Wat’s main entrance was to the west (a direction associated with Vishnu) across a stone causeway, with guardian lions marking the way. To the east of the temple was a second, more modest, entrance.
the lion statue at the entrance ga…
the first temple
the front temple
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andrejav andrejav
751 reviews
Wat Oct 26, 2013
As you guys probably know Angkor Wat was a Hindu temple made by Khmers and now it is one of the most amazing places to explore old school creativity. Temple and its surrounding is constantly in state of repair, but most of the major conservation and fixing is already done on this temple is in pretty good shape. Only issue when visiting is organized tourism and groups of 30-40 people that swarm the hallways. Luckily most of the people just come to "see it" and then they are leaving without paying attention on details and spending time on the things that are not "recommended". Hallways are INCREDIBLE, and you should read about it or buy cheep book that tells about the temple and meanings of the carving. Temple is taken over by Buddhists and there are few large statues usually on the crossroads or towers. I went there three days/every day as early as I could and once more at night to catch the last glimpse of the sun going over the ornaments.

I just wanted to add some images and spur your imagination :)

Price was $20 for three days of visit, and I had bicycle that I rented for $1 per day.
vinsvins vinsvins
1 reviews
Siam Reap (From Killing Field to Tourism Hotspot) Jun 24, 2011
The highlight of Cambodia is one of the seven wonders Angkor Wat in Siam Reap. Its so important for the nation that its part of the national flag of the country. They even have Angkor local beer ;)..basically everything has connection to Angkor. With their unrivalled beauty and majesty, the temples of Angkor deserve their reputation as one of the great man made wonders of the world (but Taj Mahal is still number One). Begun in the 9th century, the building process lasted over 600 years, with the last of temples built in late 15th century. The temples are the remains of the mighty Khmer empire. The name “Angkor” is believed to be loose pronunciation of Khmer word Nakhon (which was derived from Sanskrit word Nagar) which mean “city”. In the 15th century Khmer abondened Angkor and moved their capital to the modern site and current capital Phnom Penh. The temples lays hidden until late 18th century when a French naturist diaries were published. Since then these temples are drawing visitors from around the world to see the beauty which Khmer believe is the gateway between the mortals and celestial world.

There are more than 40 temples spread over in huge area of which Angkor Wat and Bayon are most beautiful. The temples tell the tales from Hindu mythology Ramayana and Mahabharata, the Churning of the Sea Milk (problem solving method of ancient Hindu Gods during turbulent days when they were busy creating the world) and the Khmer Kingdom. I will let pictures speak the beauty itself. The history is deep and if you want to know more please google it ;)
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