"Angkor Wat is a tourist and photographers dream! Watch the beautiful sunset at this beautiful landmark in Cambodia and explore this symbolic temple!"
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu Temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, but gradually transformed into a Buddhist Temple by the end of the 12th century.
The Angkor Wat temple was built in the classical style of Khmer Architecture and has become a symbol of Cambodia, even appearing on the national flag!
Angkor Wat can be found in the heart of Cambodia and is (amongst other things) famous for its over 3,000 beguiling apsaras (heavenly nymphs) that are carved all over the walls of the temple.
Built by Suryavarman II, it is believed to have been used as a temple and as a mausoleum for Suryavarman II.
Angkor Wat is designed very eloquently, with decorative carvings that depict several historical events and stories from mythology.
Parts of the temple have been deconstructed over the years and damaged due to cleaning chemicals in the 1980's. However, restoration commenced from 2008, with the German Apsara Conservation Project.
Visitors are asked to dress modeslty, as the temple represents a sacred religious site to the Khmer people. Also, the highest level of the Angkor Wat is restricted to visitors without full coverage of the upper shoulders and knees.
Become an archeologist for the day and study the Angkor Wat! But make sure you do not touch or sit on the ancient structures, as it is restricted.
The scenery and architecture makes for beautiful and timeless photographs though! So take your pictures and experience this beauty standing up! Hehe
Over 50% of tourists visit Cambodia to witness this spectacular temple! Be a part of it!