An Artist’s Palette ~ Cambodia (part 2) by Lynne Mayhew

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat (click to enlarge)

A traveler or a tourist does not go to Cambodia without visiting the ancient temples of Angkor, located near Siem Reap. This vast empire weaves throughout Indochina, but the royal roads lead to Angkor Wat, now a UN World Heritage Site. Built in the early part of the twelfth century by the ruler Suryavarman II, it is a Hindu temple or wat and is recognizable by its five towers which appear on Cambodia’s national flag. After years of civil war and trauma, the Khmer people once again look to these temples as a source of religious inspiration and pride. Angkor Wat is believed to be the largest religious structure in the world. While London had a population of 50,000 and was building cathedrals during this period, one million people lived in the Angkor kingdom during its height. ( read on….)

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