Photo of the Day – Angkor Wat, Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Visiting Angkor Wat, for me, was an absolute must do – you’re in Paris you go to the Eiffel Tower, you’re in Athens you go to The Acropolis, you’re in Siem Reap, you go to Angkor Wat, and of course, unless you are lucky enough to be there at sunrise, you do it at the end of the tour – saving the best until last.

This is what it said in the brochure we got about the temple. “Angkor Wat Temple exhibits the most unique religious architecture in the world and is the best-preserved temple in the 12th century, this great temple is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

I would have loved to have gone to the temple at sunrise but that would have been like getting up for a ‘swim morning’ and that wasn’t happening! I would also have liked a whole day just to wander over the grounds and daydream but that wasn’t going to happen either. However, I loved the time we did have and felt so grateful that we had an opportunity to see such beautiful architecture and detail.

Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most famous of the Angkor Temples. The temple is the world’s largest religious monument. It is composed of gorgeous balustrades, galleries, chambers, courtyards, corridors, and porches. Every area has elaborate carvings on the walls, representing and retelling mythological tales. Angkor Wat is, as it has been suggested, the heart and soul of Cambodia and the Hindu Universe.

a monument preserved
becomes the heart
of a country

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