- Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia.
- It was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to the 15th centuries.
- It contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire.
- They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
- It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings are going on.
Facts about Angkor Wat Temple:
- It was built in the 12th century during Khmer Empire.
- It was commissioned by Khmerian King Suryavarman II.
- It is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu.
- Temple represents Mt. Meru, Hindu home of the Gods.
- It is made of sandstone, with more than 1800 carved apsaras and hundreds of meters of bas relief.
- Temple was dedicated to Theravada Buddhism around the 14th Century.
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