The Khmer Empire’s ruins still stand tall in some parts of the world, and the north of Cambodia is one of these places.
Built by the King Suryavarman, this holy site in Cambodia is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been in existence since 1100 CE. Angkor Wat means the city of temples, and with over 400 acres to itself, this sure is a city. Europeans discovered these temples in 1860 when the French Missionaries happened to spot it.
The temples took about 30 years to be completed and according to research, King Suryavarman wasn’t just any old king, he was believed to be a demigod too, and his name translates to the shield of the sun. A lot of resorts around the area are inspired by these temples, like Anantara Angkor Resort, for instance.
The temples are said to be built in a way that they are in harmony with the world. Also, scenes from the Hindu holy book, the Mahabharata, can be found engraved on the temple walls on the outside.
A mythical site that will make you feel like you travelled back in time, the Angkor Wat is easily accessible and is located close to most luxury hotels in Siem Reap too.
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+