Angkor Wat Temples of Cambodia

By Alex Hamilton

Suryavarman II

Under the ruling of Suryavarman II the Angkor Wat temple was built. He became king in 1113 ac. After he died in 1150 ac the Angkor Wat temple became his tomb. in his younger years of being king he ruled only Cambodia, but in his later years he became king of the land that is known today as Thailand. The Angkor Wat temple was started in his earlier time of being king but was not finished until after his death.

Description

The Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. It was originally built to be a Hindu temple but later was converted in to a Buddhist temple in the 14th century. Buddha was added to the original work to show its change from Hinduism to Buddhism. It has 1 central tower which stands at 213-feet-tall, and is surrounded by 4 other towers. The temple is enclosed by a wall, all together looks similar to Mount Meru. The Angkor Wat was originally located in the city of Angkor, which was the capital of the Khmer empire. Angkor was the largest city until the Industrial Revolution. By using airborn lazer scanning they where able to see what was inside without doing any damage. By using this they saw that the Angkor Wat had a core that could hold up to 50,000 people, and other rooms could hold even more. The central tower is mostly made of a winding stair case that leads up to a statue of Vishnu.

About the Angkor Wat Temples

The Angkor Wat temples were built around 1113-1150 BCE. The king that commanded this temple was built was Suryavarman||. He built it after killing his uncle to become the king. The Angkor Wat temples where made to be the center pieces of all the temples. It was also said to be made to represent Mount Meru. The full reason to build the temple hasn't been uncovered but a part of it was to pray to the god Vishnu.

Location

The Angkor Wat Temples are located in northern Cambodia, and Cambodia is located in eastern Asia. The Angkor Wat Temple is one of many temples located in the area. Although the Angkor Wat is the largest out of the 100 different temples. The Angkor Wat is located in the center of a piece of land that is bordered by a 3 mile moat, that is 13 feet deep. The Temple covers about 2,800 by 3,300 feet.

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