Cambodia is a country is Southeast Asia. It is home to one of the most magnificent buildings ever erected. The temple known as Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat means “Temple City,” and was built in the 12th century between the years 1113-1150. It was built as a Hindu temple for the god Vishnu. During the 14th century it became a Buddhist temple and statues of Buddha were installed. The existing intricate art work was further enhanced by these additions.
During the time of the Khmer Empire, Angkor was the largest city in the world. After the Industrial Revolution, this region’s geographical identifications began to change. Statues of lions guard the entrance of Angkor Wat and it is protected by a moat three miles in perimeter and thirteen miles deep! The moat is an engineering marvel as it helps keep the foundation of the temple from sinking.
The man responsible for building Angkor Wat was King Suryavarman II. He was not the nicest of Kings, but was known to later attempt to make peace with China. His worship of the god Vishnu was well-known and he made this devotion clear when he put in the center of Ankgor Wat a statue of his most beloved deity. Bringing the dream of this temple to reality would take many years and the man-power of thousands at any given time. Creating the moat alone would have taken thousands of men at one time. Years and years of research have shown that the stone used was delivered to the area by a series of canals.
Ankgor Wat brings tens of thousands of visitors to Cambodia each year. It is of tremendous cultural, historical, scientific, spiritual, and natural importance. Historians and archaeologists from around the world hold this location as one of the most significant in history. It has been researched by many and the information gathered continues to impress the world.