Okay, for starters, the Angkor Wat occupies some 208ha around a square surrounded by a moat.
This temple complex was built in the beginning of the 12th Century by King Suryavarman II and it was dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. It's just amazing to see such a magnificent structure towering in the vast Cambodian landscape.
Believe it or not, it's 900-years-old and still standing.
So, if you are visiting this place for the first time, be sure to get there early. Experience the Sunrise and take a tour of the temple complex.
There are sections in the temple that are sealed for safety reasons.
Noteworthy, are the Mahabharata scriptures that were chiseled onto the walls of the temple complex. Each embellishment is unique and this is something that is worth viewing.
|An epic tale told through the masterful craft of the ancient Khmer people|
|An aerial view of the complex|
|A sketch of Angkor Wat at the turn of the century by Henri Mouhot|
For the photography buff, the interior and exterior compound is worth spending some time for capturing its architectural majesty.
|At the entrance of the temple complex|
|We saved this for the last..|
|At the main entrance of Angkor Wat|
|At the upper-level of the complex|
|Wooden staircases leading to the upper levels|
|These corridors are cooler than the temple's exterior|
|The epic Mahabhrata scriptures told on the wall carvings|
But the highest point, has been sealed off. This was because some tourists were seriously hurt and even died falling off the steep steps.
On the average, you can spend about an hour or more at the Angkor Wat complex before moving on to a dozen of more temples within the Angkor area..