Cambodia: Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is one of the largest temples in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as the capital of Khmer Empire and his palace and mausoleum. First Hindu and then Buddhist, the temple is well-known symbol of the kingdom of Cambodia and is on the national flag. Angkor Wat is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology, a moat surround the outer wall of 3.6 km (2.2 mi); inside there are three long rectangular galleries covered in bas-reliefs, each gallery is raised above the next. At the center of the temple stand five towers. Arrive early for sunrise and stay late after sunset. With bit of negotiation, one can stay inside the temple after its closed for visitors and 5pm, and almost have the entire complex to yourself.

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