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About Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Clinging deep to the roots in the forests of Cambodia's Siem Reap Empire, the ethereal spires of an ancient stone city soar the sprawling complex of Angkor Archaeological Park.

The Khmer Empire's various capitals survived and developed here, from the 9th-15th Centuries. While their rulers reigned over a large empire that widened from Myanmar to Vietnam. Angkor covers more than 400 square miles.

Angkor Wat, is quite literally the heaven on earth, Angkor is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt. Olympus of the Hindi faith and abode of ancient gods. This is a perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. The Temple forms the heart and soul of Cambodia, the national pride and source of fierce national pride due to the epicentre of Khymer civilisation.

History of Angkor Wat Revealed
Eleanor Mannikka explains in her book Angkor Wat: Time, Space and Kingship that the spatial dimensions of Angkor Wat parallel the lengths of the four ages (Yuga) of classical Hindu thought. Thus the visitor to Angkor Wat who walks the causeway to the main entrance and through the courtyards to the final main tower, which once contained a statue of VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
, is metaphorically travelling back to the first age of the creation of the universe.

While Suryavarman II may have planned Angkor Wat as his funerary temple or mausoleum, he was never buried there as he died in battle during a failed expedition to subdue the Dai Viet, who was a Vietnamese.

It is made of sandstone blocks quarried away at least 50 m away and swayed down the Siem Reap River on rafts. According to inscriptions, the building of oh-so-breathtaking Angkor Wat involved around 300,000 workers and 6000 elephants, yet it was fully completed in 30 long years.
The temples were places not for the worship of the kings but rather for the worship of god. Precisely aligned with the stars, constructed as vast three dimensional yantras and adorned with stunningly beautiful religious art, the Angkor temples were instruments for assisting humans in their realization of the divine.

In 1993, UNESCO was providing all the major services to the Angkor Wat Temple to safeguard and restore the ancient temple but it was later removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger in the year 2004. UNESCO continues to parent support and nourish the temple with substantial tourism and development opportunities for this great cultural heritage site by signing a contract with the Cambodian authorities.

USP of Angkor Wat

Western Orientation
West is the direction of death and thus, the scholars studying intricacies and history of the grand Temple concluded that it existed as a mere tomb. This idea was supported by the fact that the magnificent bas-reliefs of the temple were designed to be viewed in an anticlockwise direction. It is now generally accepted that Angkor Wat served both as a temple and as a mausoleum for Suryavarman II.

Seductive Nymphs
Angkor Wat is famous for displaying more than 3000 captivating apsaras (heavenly nymphs) intricately carved into its walls. Each of them has an individual outlook, and they adorn 37 different hairstyles for prospective couturiers to check out. Many of these exquisite apsaras were destroyed during the Indian efforts to vanish the temples with chemicals during the 1980s, the ultra miserable acid trip; however, they are now being preserved by the GermanApsara Conservation Project.

Location: Angkor Wat is located at the deep forests of Siem Reap Province in the heart and soul of Cambodia.

Built In: Angkor Wat was built around 1100's by Suryavarman II in an estimated 30 year period.

Dedicated To: The temple is dedicated to the creator of universe according to the Hindu Mythology, lord Vishnu.

Alternate Names: It is also called as Nokor Wat and the original name is Prasat Angkor Wat

Nearby Hotels: Some of the popular hotels in the vicinity of the Angkor Wat are Palm Village Resort, Nita by VO, Pavillion Indochine Hotel, Templation, Samar Villa and Spa Resort, Kralanh Petite Villa, Chronicle Residence and Spa.

Attraction: Some of the interesting places to visit around the Angkor Temple are:

  • Bayon Temple: The Bayon temple appears as a square at the center of the much larger geometrical matrix of the vast Angkor Thom, and is the architectural USP of the complex.
  • Siem Reap:  It is the gateway to the incomparable treasures of the Angkor Archaeological Park.
  • Bakong: One of the ancient temples in the region, Bakong was built in installments following a strict geometric regime, a style distinguished in the later Angkor Wat.
  • Angkor Thom: The last capital of the Khmers is an astonishing complex on a escalating scale; set up in the 12th century on the site of an earlier capital, Angkor Thom dwarfs even nearby Angkor Wat.
  • Roulos Group: The 3 main temples of Roluos differentiate substantially from the main attractions around Siem Reap, lying to the west of the city instead of northern region.




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