Angkor Wat In Cambodia

1/05/2010 10:29:00 AM ·

The temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are virtually irresistible to travelers, however they remain forbidden.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Seim Reap, by Hartfried Schmid



Angkor Wat, Cambodia, ta prohm, by red betty black


Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple on earth measuring more than 1/2 mile, along with a 600 ft wide moat. Monarch Suryavarman II built the temple as a shrine to the Hindu god Vishnu, emphasizing the connection between the deity and himself as a divine ruler.

The Hindu cosmos are represented within the stacked layers of the carved stone, constructed without mortar, and solidly standing by weight and friction.

After the fall of the Hindu Khmer Empire in the 14trh century, the city and temple were left in ruins. Over the years, the temple has been overrun by jungle plants and is cared for by Theravada Buddhist monks.

For centuries, Angkor Wat has been the site for Buddhist pilgrimages.

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