Angkor Wat


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Made mainstream famous by Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider, Angkor Wat was built to be the earthly representation of Mt. Meru, the Mt. Olympus of Hindu faith. To this day, it is the world's biggest religious building. It also stands the tallest in Cambodia as it's been made illegal to construct a building taller than it's highest tower. Other than being dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu, it is believed that Angkor Wat was constructed as both a temple, and a mausoleum due to the fact that it stands in the west, and the west is believed to be the direction of death. Aside from large majesty, visitors are also struck by the intricate detailing on the walls, stretching 800m long. Each carving depicts rituals, historical events, and stories from their mythology. As this is a temple, Monks actively use these towers as a place of worship. Proper etiquette and dress code are to be observed by tourists, and certain areas are prohibited. But given the size, tourists have more than enough places to look around the beautifully preserved avenues.

Iconic Landmark · UNESCO World Heritage Site · Long-standing Classics · Ultimate Tourist · Take a Taxi · Local Treasure · Quintessential · Hectic Haunts · Conveniently Located · Famous · Historical · Photo Spot

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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia



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