Come and explore this photo gallery of the 12th century, 402 acre, temple complex of Angkor Wat located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
A Brief History of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat was built near Siem Reap Cambodia in the 12th century; most likely by King Suryavarman II. It was originally a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu, however was later converted to a Buddhist temple.
Angkor Wat is a symbol of the Angkor period and Khmer rule of Cambodia that extended six centuries. It is also great model of Khmer architecture.
Some Interesting Facts About Angkor Wat
- Angkor Wat is oriented to the west and not the east like other Khmer temples which makes this temple peculiar.
- The most noticeable architectural elements of Angkor Wat are the ogival curves in the temple which resemble lotus buds and the long galleries (halls) that contain engravings/narratives. The outside halls of Angkor Wat include stone carvings that depict linear narratives of Hindu epics.
- Devatas, Hindu deities, are often depicted on the walls.
- Angkor Wat’s central structure, which symbolizes Mount Meru, is surrounded by a large wall and moat which can be seen in the google map above on this page.