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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat – the crown jewel of Cambodia, built by the Khmer king Suryavarman II in the twelfth century was rediscovered by a French scholar in the nineteenth century and has captivated scholars and travelers all over the world. I got a chance to visit the temple known to be the largest religious monument in the world this year.

We started our day at 5 am because we wanted to enjoy sunrise at this beautiful monument. Tip: No matter how early you go, you won’t be able to beat the crowds. However, entering through the gates of Angkor Wat, walking towards the sunrise spot and finding a place to take pictures while it was still dark was an experience in itself. There are lots of blogs on whether sunrise at Angkor Wat is magical or overhyped. My opinion – it’s overrated. My experience would probably have been different if the crowd was not so overwhelming. But I still recommend going for it because it’s a beautiful sight and it will give you an excuse to start your day early 🙂

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The sun rising over Angkor Wat
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The sun still rising over Angkor Wat
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Difficult to avoid the crowds

It is hard not to admire this magnificent temple for its scale.

 

Angkor Wat is meant to be a replica of the Hindu universe with the towers representing Mount Meru. It was eventually converted to a Buddhist temple but it’s easy to spot Hindu symbols everywhere.

It is hard to find a spot in the temple without intricate carvings The outer gallery is known to have the largest stretch of carvings anywhere.

Visiting this iconic temple and getting to learn about the magnificent Khmer empire was truly a memorable experience.

 

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8 thoughts on “Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  1. Beautiful photos and interesting information! It’s always a shame when the crowds take away from a moment like that, sometimes an attraction is so popular that it becomes a victim of its own success! Great shot where you captured the dog too

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