Angkor Wat and Surrounding Temples in Cambodia

Mom, Dad and I left Hanoi, Vietnam and arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We went to see the Angkor Wat temple complex. The complex included temples, libraries, towers, dance halls, terraces and a moat. The Angkor Wat temple was built in 1100 AD by King Suryavarman II. It is a huge area of land that covers 402 acres! It is Cambodia’s number one tourist attraction (it’s even pictured on the Cambodian flag) and is the largest religious monument in the world! Now everywhere you look, many parts are in ruins. In nearby temples, there were trees growing out of the temples and huge faces carved on rock towers.

I think it would be so cool to see the temples when they were first built, because all the engravings and colors would have been intact. You can still make out the carvings on the stone walls but in many places you have to really look hard. You have to use your imagination a lot to think what it would have been like back then.

 

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3 thoughts on “Angkor Wat and Surrounding Temples in Cambodia

  1. WOW! I have seen so many pictures of that temple, and I never knew that it used to be colorful! That’s amazing and I agree with you — difficult to imagine. When I lived in Egypt, I learned the same thing about the temples and tombs in Valley of the Kings (even the pyramids too) … they used to be all painted and very colorful. Now they are just like the color of sand … just like Angkor Wat. Interesting. Thanks for sharing this! Keep blogging!

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  2. What an incredible place to see! I am thrilled to read about your many adventures and safe return home. I can’t wait to get together and hear about your three trips in more detail! XOXO You were all missed.

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