Spreading across a land area of 400 acres, Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a massive Buddhist temple complex and today, it’s a popular tourist attraction.

What is ‘Angkor Wat’?

So far, it’s the largest religious monument in the world. As per the local language “Angkor Wat’ means the ‘Temple City’ and that explains the whole purpose of this massive creation back in the days.

Olaf TauschAngkor Wat Tempel 04CC BY 3.0

Where is this attraction?

Angkor Wat is located around 5 miles away from Siem Reap. So if you think of spending a vacation at a luxury hotel in Siem Reap the likes of Anantara Angkor Resort, this attraction is just around the corner.

Angkor Wat in yesteryears

This temple complex has been built by the Emperor Suryavarman II in the first half of the 12th century. This initially served as a Hindu temple but later has become a temple for the Buddhists.

Angkor Wat today

Although the name ‘temple’ is given to this attraction, Angkor Wat is no longer an active temple. Although this attraction had political, cultural, and commercial importance in the past, it’s just serving as a tourist destination today- loved by history explorers from all around the world.