Ever heard of the world’s biggest religious monument? Well, this is none other than Angkor Wat, an ancient temple in Cambodia. Here are a few interesting facts worth reading up on this piece of history.

The origins

The temple was constructed in the first half of the 12th century and was initially a Hindu temple. It spreads across 400 acres of land. Its name translates to “The Temple City” and is said to have been built by Emperor Suryavarman II.

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Where Is Angkor Wat?

The monument is located about 5 miles away from Siem Reap. Angkor Wat was a capital city in the past. If you happen to be at a luxury hotel in Siem Reap, you can inquire with the front desk about organising transport or a tour to visit this monument. Some of these hotels such as Anantara Angkor Resort even offer a Khmer inspired experience.

The temple’s design

When the place was re-discovered by a French explorer in the 1840s, he exclaimed that the place was grander than anything from Greece or Rome. This proves that the temple is definitely an architectural marvel said to be built to resemble Mount Meru – the home of gods.

The temple today

Back in 1992, the temple was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it draws in about 500,000 visitors each year. Visitors arrive here in the wee hours of morning to prepare to capture the sunrise which is the most magical experience.