Angkor Wat Cambodia – The Glory

Angkor Wat Cambodia is one of the ancient temples in Southeast Asia situated in Cambodia and the other ancient temple is located at Bagan in Burma. The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD. It has been discovered in the mid 19th century. According to the people it is the largest religious temple in the world from the ancient period. This temple is located just over 6km north of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat Cambodia temple was built under the rule of King Suryavarman II in the early period of 12th century. Angkor Wat is a beautiful temple and an architectural masterpiece that fills the glory in visitor’s eyes. Each day around thousands of visitors come to visit this temple.Even today Angkor Wat drags thousands of visitors to see the ancient temple even in jungle. This temple was built in dedication to Vishnu, but later it was cared and continued as a Buddhist shrine after the adoption of Theravada Buddhism by the Khmer people over centuries. The Theravada Buddhist Monks were thanks to care and even today kept the intact of Agnkor Wat temple and to make it the most valuable pilgrimage site in South East Asia. Majority of the visitors to see the temple are the Buddhist Monks.

Angkor Wat is the best example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia. The design of the temple is so beautiful that some rank it among the Seven Wonders of the World. Angkor Wat combines two of the most features of Khmer architecture; it has given a pyramidal effect and the concentric galleries. The first one is achieved by using three platforms one above each other that becomes gradually smaller. The first two levels are rectangular platforms by columns and containing concentric galleries, chambers and courtyards. The top platform is square in shape and sustains the five towers which have become the most prominent feature of the temple. The quincunx of towers cannot be seen from everywhere, the design of the temple only allows for the five towers to be visible from certain angles. The design made was so delicate and ancient, on the ceiling between the pillars it is carved with lotus rosettes, and on the wall are dancing figures of apsaras (heavenly nymphs).All over the galleries you can find the carving of Apsaras. On the raised platform you can see lions architect on both sides of staircase.

The city was built around the temple on a hill known as Mount Meru means the home of gods. Visitors to Angkor Wat Cambodia while returning take away varied impressions of these amazing temples in their mind. Some gain insight into Buddhism and learn the teachings of Buddhism or some leave an impression on the archaeology of the temple, and some relate their experience as connecting with the spiritual energy of the temples. The one common thread, though, is the visitors’ impressions of sunrise and sunset. If you plan to visit Angkor Wat you need a proper travel guide who can guide you to Angkor Wat temple and also make you clear with the history of it.

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