Legendary Angkor Wat

Legendary Angkor Wat
In the outer enclosure of Angkor Wat. It's a big ground to walk in. There are small stores there, too, and opportunity to ride small horses.

In the outer enclosure of Angkor Wat. It’s a big ground to walk in. There are small stores there, too, and opportunity to ride small horses.

Angkor Wat is the highlight of any Cambodian trip, although this temple ruin is not my favorite among the many temples of Angkor.

It is massive, a three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers. According to our guide, the Khmer king Suryavarman II constructed the temple in the early 1100’s.

It is constructed in the form of a temple mountain, and dedicated to the god Vishnu. Because of the temple’s uncommon westward orientation, many believed that it was also constructed as Suryavarman II’s funerary temple.

It was hindu temple in the beginning. But from the late 1200’s, it became a buddhist temple.

I keep thinking about the timeframe 1100’s, or 12th century – that’s about the same time as the first medieval churches were built in Sweden. Sweden was christianized around that time…

And how does it look right outside the temple? Check this link to one of my blog posts.

And in this link is what we did in Angkor Wat. Just don’t take it too seriously though.

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