The Interesting History of Angkor Wat
One of the largest and triumphant religious monuments in the world is Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve more than likely seen its pictures at least.
The construction is believed to have begun in the 12th century and the temple complex was originally developed as a Hindu place of worship. Later on, it transformed into a Buddhist temple.
It was temporarily abandoned in the 16th century, after being damaged by a rival tribe. It sat is disuse for a good amount of time before being ‘rediscovered’ in the 1840s by Henri Mouhot, a French explorer. Ever since, many people have been involved in it’s well-keeping, and it’s often still considered one of the biggest crowning achievements of the architecture world, despite its age.
In the years since, it has became one of the premier tourism locations. In fact, in 2015, Lonely Planet, a travel service ranked Angkor Wat at the #1 spot on their list of the 500 best places to visit.
Digging a little deeper, it’s easy to see why.
Most people assume that when they visit, they’ll find just one big temple, but in reality, there are over 1,000 small temples that make up the grounds. The area is so large that it is actually considered a city, and you’ll probably want to visit for at least two days to get the full experience.
Filled with impressively beautiful statues, engravings and groves of trees, there is something to see everywhere you look.
My personal favorite is the gigantic moat, which really separates Angkor from the surrounding area and is over 3 miles long overall.
Making the pilgrimage to Cambodia can prove hard for some, but the Angkor Wat is an amazingly beautiful spot that every travel-head should keep on their list to visit.