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Monday, April 16, 2012

Angkor, Cambodia - World's Biggest Hindu Temple

Angkor Wat old temple in Cambodia
Posted in: Cambodia
There’s no point of coming to Cambodia without visiting this marvel. The Archeological complex is close to Siem Reap. The temple complex was made by King Suryavarman II, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and served as both capital city and royal temple; this explains the temples name (Angkor means city, and Wat or Vat means temple in Khmer).

After centuries of being hidden in the jungle the temples finally revealed themselves. The temples are considered to be the biggest temple complex of the world, the whole area is about 400km2 this also includes the surrounding forest. There are three important things you should know about Angkor Wat before you go there: first of all it is probably one of the most beautiful sites on this planet. Second it is much larger than you think, it is not just Angkor temple only the complex is much bigger than that. Last but not least no temple is the same, the temples were built in different times which gives them all their unique characteristic.

Unlike other temples at Angkor, Ta Prohm has been left as it was found, preserved as an example of what a tropical forest will do to an architectural monument when the protective hands of humans are withdrawn. Ta Prohm’s walls, roofs, chambers and courtyards have been sufficiently repaired to stop further deterioration, and the inner sanctuary has been cleared of bushes and thick undergrowth, but the temple has been left in the stranglehold of trees.

Bayon in Cambodia is one of the most famous Angkor temples and is renowned for possessing a unique architectural display of giant stone carvings of faces as part of its structure.

It is located at the physical center of Angkor Thom, the nine square kilometer or (three and a half square) mile city complex, and is the focal point of the building boom Jayavarman VII initiated after he defeated the Chams to reclaimthe Khmer Empire.

- Navi Chinthakaaya.

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