Angkor Wat

The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia with a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Initially built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it gradually evolved into a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century, thus being referred to as a “Hindu-Buddhist” temple.

The state temple and mausoleum were built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaodharapura, the Khmer Empire’s capital. Angkor Wat breaks away from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings to be dedicated to Vishnu instead. This is the only temple at the site that has remained a significant religious center since its foundation as well as the best-preserved. Located at the top of the Khmer high classical style, this temple is an outstanding example. In addition to appearing on Cambodia’s national flag, it has become the country’s top attraction for tourists.

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