Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is undoubdtedly the most famous temple and one of the main reasons many first-time visitors visit Siem Reap and Cambodia.

Derived from the Sanskrit word 'nagara', Angkor literally means 'city', and built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument ever built.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the ancient wonders of the world and the biggest religious structure ever built.

Dedicated to Vishnu, Angkor Wat has five lotus-shaped towers, a larger central tower, and four smaller surrounding towers. These represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, which according to Hindu belief is the abode of Hindu deities and the centre of the continent Jambudwipa. Built between the 9th and 14th centuries AD during the height of Khmer power to be the administrative and religious center of that vast kingdom, the many temples that make up the complex, including Angkor Wat, reveal a rich and interesting religious and cultural history.

See also: Temples of Angkor