Angkor Wat is one of the many ruins of the Khmer Empire and is a prominent historic site in Cambodia.
Angkor Wat, the temple, was built by King Suryavarman, and the temple was originally created in dedication to Lord Shiva of the Hindus. Angkor Wat has been around since 1100 CE and the name itself means a city of temples, which is apt since the temple has about 400 acres of land to call its own.
Angkor Wat took 30 years to be completed and historians say that King Suryavarman was believed to be more than a King; he was seen as a demi-God among his people. Many luxury hotels in Siem Reap are inspired by the designs of this temple, like Anantara Angkor Resort for instance.
Scenes and sayings from the holy book of Mahabharata can be found on the walls of the temple, both in and outside of it.
Why you should go
If you want to feel like you have travelled back in time to days long gone, and you are staying in the vicinity of Angkor Wat, this place deserves a visit.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+