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Angkor Wat

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group
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also known as:
Angkor Archaeological Park
Priority: High
Location Type: Destination Attraction
Known as one of the world's wonders and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a home of the imposing ruins of the ancient Khmer civilization.

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Wikipedia - Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The temple of Angkor Wat from the air

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a Hindu temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II  in the early 12th century as his state temple and part of his capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation — first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. ... read more

Wikitravel - Angkor Archaeological Park

doorway, Ta Prohm
The famous empty doorway of Ta Prohm — there's usually a queue of people lining up to be photographed here!

Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world. The most famous are the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.
Angkor Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. At the same time, it was also placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to looting, a declining water table, and unsustainable tourism. UNESCO has now set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
Angkor itself has no accommodations and few facilities; the nearby town of Siem Reap is the tourist hub for the area. ... read more

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