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Cambodia Travel Guide

Angkor Wat Travel Guide

Welcome to Angkor Wat, the crown jewel of Cambodia! This ancient temple complex is a must-see destination for any traveler interested in history, architecture, and culture. Dating back to the 12th century, Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple and later became a Buddhist temple in the late 13th century. It remains the largest religious monument in the world and is considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world.

Main Temple Complex 

When visiting Angkor Wat, be sure to explore the main temple complex thoroughly. Walk across the long causeway over the moat to reach the entrance pavilion, which features towering columns and intricate bas-reliefs depicting religious and historical scenes. Inside the main temple, ascend the steep steps to reach the central towers, which offer breathtaking views over the entire area. Don't miss the Gallery of a Thousand Buddhas, where the walls are covered with tiny Buddha images.

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The Library Pavilions

Scattered across the complex are two beautiful library pavilions. These structures, once used to store sacred manuscripts, are a testament to the importance of knowledge and learning in Khmer society. Their exquisite carvings and serene atmosphere make them a must-visit.

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The Moat and Outer Wall

Encircling the entire complex is a vast moat and outer wall, symbolizing the cosmic oceans and mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru. The moat, with its tranquil waters, offers a stunning reflection of the temple, especially during sunrise and sunset. The outer wall, stretching over 3.6 kilometers, is an impressive sight in itself.

The Hidden Paintings

In the northern part of the temple, you'll find hidden paintings dating back to the 16th century. These faded but fascinating murals depict scenes from Buddhist mythology and provide a glimpse into the temple's transformation from a Hindu to a Buddhist site.

Angkor Wat is more than just a temple; it's a journey through time, a testament to human ingenuity, and a symbol of spiritual devotion. Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or a spiritual seeker, Angkor Wat has something to offer you. So, pack your bags, put on your explorer's hat, and get ready to be mesmerized by the timeless beauty of Angkor Wat. 

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