Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Built in 12th century by Khmer King, Suryavaram II and completed by Jayavarman VII , to pay respect to Hindu god Vishnu. The site is known as Angkor Wat and is situated in Cambodia.

Area

It encompasses an area of about 500 acres and it remained under construction for almost 37 years.

Like every rising Sun, this empire set and remained set for hundreds of years but before setting; they had built amazing temples and buildings.

How did we Know???

Europeans first became aware of Angkor Wat in the late 16th century then Henri Mouhot, a French explorer wrote about it in the mid-19th century and over the passage of time it got that importance that today, Angkor Wat is a reason that more than 50% of international tourists visit Cambodia.

Significance

It the largest religious monument in the world.

Angkor Wat translates to ‘City of Temples’ and was most important Pilgrimage site in Southeast Asia and also served as ceremonial and processions’ place to the Kings of its time.

Its fascinating building style is itself a beauty; Khmer bricks were bonded together almost invisibly by using a vegetable compound rather than mortar.

Angkor Wat was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Agriculture

A highly sophisticated irrigation system allowed the Khmer people to have 2 rice harvests a year instead of one.

To See List

Bayon; official state temple of King Jayavarman in early 13th century

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Ta Phrom was used as the set for the famous movie Tomb Raider.

Ta Phrom Ta Phrom
Angkor Thom, capital of Jayavarman VII’s empire

Angkor Thom Angkor Thom

Interesting Facts

Jacqueline Kennedy risked a visit to Angkor Wat during the Vietnam War to fulfill a “lifelong dream” of seeing the monument.

Sokimex, a private company, has rented Angkor Wat from Cambodia since 1990 and manages tourism.

In 1860, the natives of the Cambodian jungle thought that it could have been built by gods, or even by giants!

The early people of the place used to lit around 1, 66,000 candles in a single ceremony.

End

Scholars don’t keep same views about it.

Some declare it the reason of Ayutthaya invaders in 1431 while others believe that Natural disasters like Bubonic Plague, earthquakes, inundations, or drastic climate led this civilization to the end and one more vibe joins here that the change of State-religion; Hinduism to Buddhism provoked Hindus and civil war’s scenario created,  which became the road to death.

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