Angkor Wat silhouetted against the setting sun in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat Temple, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries. Located in northwest Cambodia, it is the largest religious temple complex in the world with a land mass of 162 hectares. A quincunx of four towers surrounds a central spire that rises to a height of 194 feet. It served as the capital of the Khmer empire. “Angkor” meaning “capital city” and "Wat" meaning "temple" in the Khmer language. Initially designed as a Hindu temple, by the end of the 12th century it was considered a Buddhist site.

Angkor Wat Temple area.

The temple’s design is a representation of Mount Meru, the home of the gods, according to tenets of Hindu and Buddhist faiths. It's five towers are the five peaks of Mount Meru, while the walls and moat below are the surrounding lower ranges, and the sea.

Angkor Wat exterior entry wall.
The15-foot high wall of sandstone blocks, surrounded by a wide moat, protected the city, the temple, and inhabitants from invasion. A sandstone causeway is the main access point for the temple.

Angkor Wat interior area with multiple passageways.

In 1992, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. And now in 2022, you can visit Angkor Wat without leaving your home. Google Treks takes you throughout this site. Take walk through Angkor Wat. You're just a few clicks away from Krong Siem, Reap Cambodia.  Angkor Wat Temple

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