Angkor Wat Temples

Paige W

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The ruins of the Angkor Wat Temples are located in the north western part of Cambodia, which is in Asia. It is from a very large city built by the Khmer civilization sometime between 802 - 1220 AD. There are remains of more than 100 stone temples in that spot today. The civilization covers an area from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal.
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The Angkor Wat Temples in Cambodia is the largest religious site in the world. It has a very big moat around it that is shaped like a rectangle. The moat is 1.5 km by 1.3 km. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a rectangle outer wall. The main entrance has a gate and a porch is decorated with carvings and sculptures. There is only one walkway that crosses the moat into the main entrance and this is on the western side.
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Architecture and Design

Angkor Wat was built out of sandstone blocks that they took from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen and because it was far away they had to float the blocks on rafts down the river. It took more than 300,000 workers and 6,000 elephants a lot of hours to build the temple. The walls are decorated by heavenly nymphs called "apsaras", which have been carved into them. They are very beautiful carvings which have pretty hairstyles. Some of them got damaged from cleaning with chemicals but they are being fixed now. All of the designs are very detailed. All the way around the structure, the carvings tell stories and about events of history.
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Sacred Place

Angkor Wat was first built by Suryavarman II to worship the Hindu god, Vishnu. The main temple courtyard used to have a statue of Vishnu. Some people think that Angkor Wat was built for being a tomb because it faces the west which is the direction of death. Others do not agree with this. Vishnu liked western ideas so they think that is the reason why it faces west. Most people think it was probably both. When Cambodia officially switched from Hinduism to Buddhism in the 13th century, Angkor Wat switched to be a worship place for Buddhists. The Angkor Wat temples were destroyed by Siamese troops in 1431, but the ruins remain today. Cambodians are very proud of their national sacred place.

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