Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

You probably heard of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, symbol of Cambodia and its’ prime attraction. It was built by once very powerful Khmer Empire as a Hindu temple but later it was converted to a Buddhist shrine when a king decided it was time to become a Buddhist.

It is also one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia and wasn’t known to outside world until 1860 when a French explorer came upon the ruins. It is usually said that the French “discovered” it but the Cambodians object this as the place was already well-known to locals.

During  the unfortunate years of Khmer Rouge rule, a lot of fighting took place in the area and you can see some bullet holes through the walls of the temple. Also, Khmer Rouge looted the temple of its’ art and statues but most of them still intact.

All photos are mine.

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Sunset washing over Angkor Wat’s golden tower..

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