Angkor Wat is an enormous Buddhist temple complex located in northern Cambodia. It was originally built in the first half of the 12th century as a Hindu temple. Spread across more than 400 acres, Angkor Wat is said to be the largest religious monument in the world.
Why is Angkor Wat famous?
Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples—it appears on the nation’s flag—and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu.
What is uses of Angkor Wat?
It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.
Is Angkor Wat 7 Wonders of the World?
Located at the heart of the 400 km² Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia.
What is the best time to visit Angkor Wat?
The best time to visit Angkor Wat in terms of weather is in the dry season from early December until March: You experience pleasant temps and the least rainfall. Temperatures hover around 30°C (86°F). However, it is also the busiest time. A much quieter period is the rainy season from May to October.
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.