Angkor Wat- Things That You Should Know About This Iconic Temple

Angkor Wat - Combodia
Known to the world as the famous Tomb Raider temple, this 12th century architectural marvel in Cambodia, an Asian continent, attracts as much as 50% of the tourists to the country. The Angkor Wat which once used to be a Hindu temple has been converted to a Buddhist place of worship, and with all the sculpted oddities and eye-catching claystone build proves to be an attraction not to be missed. An insight into this architectural wonder is what this blog is intended for. Let's have a look.
 
Tomb Raider Temple
  • As stated earlier, as many as 50% of the entire tourists to Cambodia come to the country solely for the purpose of visiting the Angkor Wat.
  • The Angkor Wat is printed in the national flag of Cambodia. The Cambodians take pride in the fact that they have such an wonderful heritage to give to the world.
  • Want to see Khmer architecture? Nothing else can be a better example than the Angkor Wat which is a classical style monument of the same.
  • The temple has been built to represent Mount Meru, the home of the Hindu Mythology lord of Brahma and the demi-god devtas.
  • As opposed to other temples in the region, the Angkor Wat is aligned to the west, contrary to the traditional process of east-alignment. The Angkor Wat faces sunset instead of sunrise, and the sun reciprocated by adding to its beauty in the evening.
Angkor Wat Temple
  • Angkor Wat was known as Pisnulok until the 16th century and was later renamed to its present name. Pisnulok was the official title of Khmer king Suryavarman II, who posthumously enjoys the reputation of building it.
  • The temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1992 to mark its recognition of playing an important part in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • The decorations on the walls of the temple have a uniquely Hindu story telling characteristics. They have fables and myths pictures that tell of the temple's origin in Hindu religion.
  • The site receives more than 2 million visitors annually for a reason - It ebbs an aura of divinity that can only be found in Incan and Mayan holy shrines.
Angkor Wat-UNESCO World Heritage Site

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