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Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat is a ubiquitous image across Cambodia, from its position on the national flag to local currency. Cambodians are proud of Angkor Wat, and rightly so. It will not disappoint.

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Built from 1113 during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took well over 30 years to complete and was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. In size alone Angkor Wat is breathtaking. The outer walls stretch for 1.5 kilometres east to west and 1.3 kilometres north to south, and the walls are encircled by a beautiful moat almost 200 metres wide—the entire site takes in some 200 hectares.

Iconic Angkor Wat. Photo taken in or around Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Iconic Angkor Wat. Photo: Caroline Major

Unusually for a Khmer temple, Angkor Wat is orientated to the west. As the west is symbolically associated both with death and Vishnu, some debate has flared over the purpose of the complex—tomb or temple? The prevalent opinion is that Angkor Wat was both—a temple to Vishnu and a tomb for its creator, ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 2,000 words.)

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Popular attractions in Angkor

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Angkor.

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