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Left: Facade of Angkor Wat, a drawing by Henri Mouhot; Right: French postcard about Angkor Wat in 1911
Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a Hindu, then subsequently Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

Suryavarman II, the creator of Angkor Wat beheaded his uncle to become king of The Khmer Empire. When he became king, he wanted Angkor Wat to be build to dedicate it to the supreme God Vishnu.

Legend has it, when Suryavarman died, the body was buried under this statue of supreme God, Vishnu, in the middle of Angkor Wat. Once he was buried, the eyes on the statue of Vishnu had open wider. It is said the spirit of Suryavarman II lives in this statue of Vishnu.

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum

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Picture of the Day: Angkor Wat from Above

Photograph by Charles J Sharp   Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple…



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Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer; Angkor, meaning “city” or “capital city” Wat is the Khmer word for “temple grounds” (at Angkor Wat Temple Cambodia)

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