Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Visit Cambodia, there are some unusual architectural marvels in Cambodia like the Angkor Wat which is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious place is the World. It is a UNESCO World heritage centre. Originally it was built as a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple was constructed in the 12th Century by the Khmer empire and it has a sprawling campus of more than 400 acres. It is an architectural marvel of Cambodia and also has become an icon resembling Cambodia as the Taj Mahal resembles India. Must watch at Sunrise and Sunset, during these periods you can best experience the brilliance of the temple.
Angkor Wat temple is considered the 7th wonder of the World. It is more impressive than the Egyptian Pyramids and in architecture nothing less than the Taj Mahal. The Angkor Wat temple is located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap and entry & exit is only through the Western gate. The temple complex and the architecture is very complicated to grasp but once you move through the place you will just get spell bound and mesmerized to see such a construction and planned architecture was possible in the 12th century. From long distance it appears to be a huge mass of stone. But once you see it from near you will appreciate the intricate architecture and the work of art that has been carved on stones.
There are a series of elevated towers, covered galleries, chambers, porches and courtyards on different levels linked by stairways. The temple’s central tower is more than 200 metres tall and bordered with three rectangular levels, each one smaller and higher in level than the other. The covered galleries with columns form the boundary of the temple. The overall profile of the temple resembles a lotus flower. So intricately and beautifully planned and designed by carving huge slabs of stones.
Symbolism – Angkor Wat is a replica of the Universe in stone and represents the earthly model of the cosmic world. You will understand when you see the temple and study it very carefully. Such a unique concept designed and constructed in 12th Century, just difficult to believe. Many people believe that a powerful spirit resides in Angkor Wat and prevents birds from flying over it. Cambodian government likewise has stopped the flying of all aircrafts over the temple.
A World heritage since 1992, Angkor Wat is slowly being restored. The nearby town of Siem Reap has become a popular tourist destination, with a modern airport and 900,000 residents. Hire a Tuk-Tuk or hail a song teaw, to travel to Angkor Wat.
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In Phnom Penh Cambodia there are other places to visit also like the Royal Palace, Independence Museum, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Museum etc. Phnom Penh is a French built City located at the junction of three rivers – the Mekong, the Bassac and Tonle Sap. The city is divided into three parts – the northern part is an attractive residential area; the southern or the French part of the city has its ministries, banks and colonial houses and the centre of the city has its narrow lanes, markets, foods stalls and shops. So it’s not only the Angkor Wat temple, there are many other things to see in Cambodia.
Here are some photographs of the majestical Angkor Wat temple. In my future posts I will add many Indian temples also which are mind blowing architectural designs, so keep visiting regularly.
The mysterious world of Angkor Wat is an engineering marvel that was way ahead of time. Sleeping in the humid embrace of banyan trees and moss-covered moats, Angkor Wat is humbling and exhilarating world monument. Like Stonehenge, it is a sophisticated engineering project, harnessing the waters of Southeast Asia’s monsoons for a mighty ninth-century civilization. It has witnessed the worship of deities of successive religions, adorning its facade with beatific images carved by ancient craftsmen and it is adorned with a thousand images of celestial maidens, representing the pleasures of paradise. It’s a place where “Time stops, divinity and space merge”.
Angkor Wat itself, with it’s towers symbolizing the five peaks of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, should be any visitor’s first stop. But make sure to explore Angkor Thom, with it’s terrace of the elephants and the gate of the dead and bayon, the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Buddhist shrine. The 37 massive face towers of the Angkor Thom complex, all bearing the mediatative “Angkor Wat Smile”, rise above stone pyramids. A former Buddhist monsatry, it is the least restored site in the complex, providing glimpses of the Herculean tasks involved in raising the massive stone walls and an unparalleled photo opportunity.