Angkor Wat is one of the most recognized names commonly associated to the country of Cambodia. Basically, there are at least three things that you should know about Angkor Wat. Firstly, Angkor Wat is indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth and may be the most glorious place in Cambodia. Two, the Angkor Wat temples are some of the largest temples you shall ever see. And last, none of the temples are homogeneous as each temple was erected in different times within a period spanning four centuries.
The Angkor Wat or City Temple is a vast temple complex found near Siem Reap. It was put together in the 12th Century by the Khmer Kings in over four centuries. Initially, it was constructed as a royal and sacred temple for a deity of the Hindus. When the city of Angkor fell into the hands of invaders, Angkor Wat was hidden and abandoned in the forest. Due to many folklore accounts and stories, the “Lost City” attracted the interest of the Europeans in the 1800s when Cambodia was colonized by the French. It was only rediscovered less than a century ago by a French man. [Read more…]