Angkor Wat is a temple slash mausoleum that showcases classical Khmer architecture.
It was built in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple, then later it became a Buddhist temple. So confusing! Although perhaps I shouldn’t be so confused. Some Christian churches in Europe were later turned into discotheques. 🙂
It was a French explorer in the mid-19th century who introduced the beauty of Angkor Wat to the west – after Cambodia was colonized by France.
But it was a Portuguese monk who first wrote about it.
The temple was built in 37 years. Beautiful structures that last for centuries take a long time to build.
We were there December 2013. We stayed in Siem Reap, the capital city, which is the gateway to the Angkor region. Angkor is the old capital city which flourished in the 9th to 15th century. To see Angkor is to see numerous (about a thousand) temple ruins amidst a jungle.
We had hats, fans and water.
Walking in the heat of the sun was exhausting. I could hardly walk.
We hired a guide who drove an airconditioned van for our family the week we were there.
I remember that while in Cambodia, our guide kept saying that grandfather was so handsome. 🙂
Footnote: Here’s an article about Angkor Wat as a sacred destination.