Angkor Wat, the special wonder of the world!

Angkor Wat is a place that any visitor to Cambodia cannot ignore. It is a treasure trove of history, culture and art.

Angkor Wat is a Khmer architecture, built in the early 12th century, the largest religious monument in the world. Every year, Angkor Wat welcomes about 2 million tourists to visit.


The area of ​​​​nearly 200 hectares with the top of the main tower 65m high is a wonderful architectural work imbued with Buddhism, representing the incredible talent and wisdom of the ancient Khmer. Angkor Wat is the only temple whose main entrance is in the west direction of the setting sun. Angkor Wat is one of Cambodia’s largest mountain temples built with countless green stone slabs. The main hall of Angkor Wat is a three-story structure consisting of 398 rooms that are tightly linked together and connected by a deep corridor.

The highlight of the temple is the artistic images of stone carvings on the ceiling, corridors, balustrades, columns, doors, etc., showing the extraordinary strength and skillful hands of the ancient Khmer people with wind reliefs. rich, with many vivid and sophisticated details for decoration.

The most unique is the sculptural paintings on the wall of the corridor on the 1st floor. This can be considered the largest and longest stone sculpture in the world, completely hand-sculpted with a height of 2, 5m and runs for more than 800m. On the 2nd floor is a large courtyard surrounded by walls, inside are shrines to the gods.

The 3rd floor is considered the residence of the gods with a height of 65m. The tower in the center of the temple is the tallest tower of Angkor Wat, surrounded by four square corridors. At each corner of the corridor is a tower. The central tower and four surrounding towers form the famous skyline of Angkor Wat…

Each temple has its own worship design but still focuses on daily life, the most typical is Bayon temple, with details describing images of families making dinner, men drinking wine… Bayon has 37 spiers decorated with 216 different faces.

Referring to Angkor Wat, it is impossible not to mention Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was built by King Jayavarman VII nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat. Angkor Thom also has the same mysterious attraction as Angkor Wat. In the midst of the ruins, walking around the large rocks scattered at Bayon Temple, looking up in all directions, visitors always see a mysterious smiling head statue. There are a total of 256 stone faces on 54 towers looking in all directions at Bayon Temple.

The entrance to Angkor Thom is very impressive: on both sides are statues of gods holding the body of a seven-headed snake, several hundred meters long along both sides of the entrance to this ancient city. The center of Angkor Thom city is the Bayon temple with four gates in four directions. Next to Bayon to the northwest is the palace of King Phimeanakas. From there, there is also a road that runs east to another door called the “Victory” door. Therefore, Angkor Thom has two centers representing two different historical periods.

Currently, the city of Angkor Thom only ruins, inside is a dense forest of tall trees and vines everywhere, it is difficult to know that there is an ancient city and temple in which Taprom is also known as the Royal Tomb. Queen. This is the most romantic temple in the Angkor complex, built by King Jayavarman VII in 1186 to commemorate his mother Jayarajachudanami in the form of a statue of Bodhisattva Prajna and a statue of the King’s teacher named Jayamangalartha. Both of these statues are located in the temple.

The ancient trees like rice, Ficus Religiosa grow right on the temple with large roots covering the towers, making the temple architecture become wild, very mysterious and strange. There is also a mysterious corridor, inside which, if you lightly tap your chest, you will hear a very strong echo through the city walls. In addition, the Angkor complex also has other ruins such as Preah Khan, Roulos, Banteay Srei, Phnom Bakeng… Each place has a different ancient beauty. Was chosen by Holywood as the setting for the famous movie “Secret of the Ancient Tomb”.

It will be interesting, if you can spend the whole day in a corner of the corridor of Angkor Wat or Bayon temple to be immersed in thought, watching the purple dragonflies flying in the sky, and elephants walking leisurely around the city. neck. You can talk with the monks here, or occupy a corner in front of Angkor Wat to enjoy the famous Khmer dishes, especially the roasted chicken and Bien Ho seafood.

Not only a religious center, Angkor Wat is also a “common home” for many locals because some villages are still located in the Archaeological Park. People here live mainly by farming.

Ta Prohm is one of the temples of Angkor Wat that is most photographed by tourists and photographers, where a huge layer of roots creates a mysterious and strange beauty. The temple was almost swallowed by the old forest, covered with large trees. This is also the place chosen as the setting for the movie Secret of the Ancient Tomb of Angelina Jolie.

Originally, Angkor Wat was built to worship Vishnu, a Hindu god. The vastness of the building is also described by many as a paradise on earth. Over the centuries, the temples in the complex still retain their beauty and are often visited by people to worship.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Western archaeologists learned about this temple complex and restored it between 1907 and 1970. UNESCO recognized Angkor Wat as a world cultural heritage in 1992.

The best time of day for you to admire the magnificent beauty of one of the world’s architectural wonders is at dawn. It will definitely capture beautiful and unique photos when the sun just comes out. After the sun gradually rises, at the same time, visitors walk into Angkor Wat to enjoy the entire famous building recognized as a World Cultural Heritage.

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