A rather important tourist destination in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is quite an impressive Buddhist temple. Read on for more information.
Angkor Wat was originally built in the first half of the 12th century as a Hindu temple. Spread over 400 acres, the name translates to “temple city”. Although this temple was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century.
The temple’s design is supposed to represent Mount Meru, the home of the Gods. The five towers are intended to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru and the walls and moat honour the mountain ranges and the sea. Angkor Wat was constructed with blocks of sandstone. At its highest point, the tower reaches nearly 70 feet into the air.