Saturday, January 21, 2012
Cambodia- Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, a UNESCO Hertiage Site, is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors, last year almost 3 million people visited the site.We woke up at 4 AM to see it at sunrise along with hundreds of others. The carvings were intricate and stunning, depicting Hindu stories of battles of the gods. The size and breadth of the artistry is impressive. It is an amazing place to see!!