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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia: A World Heritage Site
Hailed as the most prominent monument in the world, Angkor Wat is undeniably one of the most visited places in entire Cambodia. With the majestic beauty of the temple surrounded with lush green forest, this place stands out among the rest of the other temples in the area for its massive size and grand Khmer architectural design. In this article, allow me to share with you some fascinating facts about it.
Angkor Wat was built during the time of Suryavarman II who was characterized as being aggressive back in his time. It was believed that along with this temple, he also started the building of the two other temples, the Banteay Samre, and the Beng Melea. Facing the west, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, which began the take that it was then a funerary temple. When Suryavarman II died, the place was abandoned and was only populated by some during the time of Jayavarman. Thus, the place served as a home for some and a fortress to the refugees during the civil war. Discovered back in 1586 by António da Madalena, the place continued to flourish until the 19th century. Finally, it was declared as a World Heritage Site back in 1992, leading to its continuous restoration up to the present times.
The architectural design of it begins with a western causeway, a terrace which leads to the main entrance. The presence of the paths, libraries, and pools make the place even more enjoyable. The center of the temple is divided into three levels, and each of these levels has designated galleries. However, the third and the highest part of it is not said to be the most beautiful part of the place. Though the only people who could go on this level is the King along with the high priests. The journey in climbing this temple is tiresome, but the view it offers is worth the sweat.
The wall carvings found in all areas of the temple are astonishing. It narrates a story, and it deserves to be heard and to be discovered. It has the Battle of the Kurukshetra located at the southern part of the west gallery, the Churning of the Ocean Milk situated at the south section of the east gallery, and the Army of Suryavarman II in the western part of the south gallery. All of these depicts essential stories that are worth knowing and sharing.
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Features of Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Travel Tips
The moat of the Angkor temple was built not for aesthetic purposes but more of a functional one in terms of providing a groundwater system to the northern part of Angkor park. Through this, the temple remains strong and stabilized during the occurrences of drought as well as flooding.
The stairs are covered with wooden steps today. But before, it was not. It was initially a very steep one! This is for the reason that the temple must be reached with the utmost respect, and thus, there is a need almost to kneel while approaching the top part.
3.Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Forty years in the making
Building the entire Angkor Wat, Cambodia took around forty years. If we are to compare it with its contemporary architectural wonder, the Notre Dame Cathedral located in Paris, that one took about 182 years.
Wat means temple, while the word Angkor means city. So, translating it would result in Angkor Wat into “City Temple.”
5.The varied inspirational design of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The perfect inspirational design of the temple is not known. Thus, a lot of speculation about its inspiration was raised. Some say that it reflects the miniature universe, a lotus flower, while others say that it is based on the Holy Mount Meru.
6.Sunrise spot at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Be patient. You have to be here really early and keep your cool. Do not hurry! Once you’ve got a glimpse of the sunrise, you will know why a lot of people try their best to be here at this time.
Dress appropriately. Temples like this Angkor Wat, Cambodia must be respected, and thus, proper attire must be worn by all. Wear something that would not reveal much of your skin. Cover your shoulders and your knees. If not, you might not be allowed to enter the place.
If you are now up to some quiet or peaceful time, then go to the eastern part of the park. Just sit on the grass, spotting the perfect shade to cover the heat of the sun. I am sure that you will get your much-needed peace and rest here.
Head here around 11:30 am up to 2:00 pm and you will find the place much peaceful than the sunrise time. People are heading out for lunch and the likes, so, the area will more likely be much quiet than the other time of the day.
If you think that rain would ruin your trip, no. It would add to its beauty since it would allow you to see the pool with water! The overall effect of this scene is really beyond beautiful.
Ready to experience all of these? Just head to Angkor Wat and be prepared to be mesmerized. Have a Happy Trip!
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Happy Trip Tips
- Don’t forget your camera and power bank
- Bring bottled water.
- Use sunscreen and reapply when needed.
- Bring a cap, fan, and umbrellas. It is a very hot dung summer and could rain anytime during the wet season.
- Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia early in the morning to avoid a huge crowd.
- Wear a decent, yet comfortable attire. Don’t forget to wear comfortable footwear, visiting this temple requires so much walking.
- There are numerous snack bars and restaurants before you enter the temple. So It is best to eat before your tour as the temple is so huge and you might get hungry while exploring the entire complex.
- The temple offers a different mood during sunrise. To capture this with your lens, you need to wake up as early as 4 am to make sure that you will catch the desired setting.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia