At Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a new code of conduct means no more selfies with monks and no nudity. Monks at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the onetime capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and spiritual center for Buddhists around the world.
Is Angkor Wat a monastery?
Overview of Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia. In the early 15th century Angkor was abandoned. Still Theravada Buddhist monks maintained Angkor Wat, which remained an important pilgrimage site and continued to attract European visitors.
Is Cambodia a Hindu country?
Modern Cambodia is made up of about 95 percent Theravada Buddhists, with Cham Muslims, Christians and tribal animists making up most of the remainder. However, it hasn’t always been this way, with Cambodia’s roots steeped deep in Hinduism.
What religion is Cambodia?
The constitution states Buddhism is the state religion, and it is promoted by the government through holiday observances, religious training, Buddhist instruction in public schools, and financial support to Buddhist institutions.
How was Angkor Wat destroyed?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.