Angkor Wat is one of the ancient world's most magnificent work of architecture which has endured the test of time. It is a must-see if you are in Cambodia. Angkor Wat meaning City Temple, is situated about 5 km from Siem Reap, and is the Cambodian Nation's most precious treasure. It is mind-boggling that it was built so long ago in the early 12th century! King Suryavaram built it to honour the Hindu God, Vishnu. I had expected to see just broken blocks but the buildings look remarkably intact and inhabitable to me. The architecture is amazingly modern!
From Angkor, the Khmer Kings ruled over territories that covered Vietnam to China. All that remains today are about 100 temples made of stone. The palaces and other buildings had all decayed as they were wooden structures.
The temples are decorated with figures of guardian spirits (devatas or apsaras), bas reliefs as well as narrative scenes of episodes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata..
Towers shaped like lotus buds, a moat protecting the temple...Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building.