Angkor Archaeological Park, located in Cambodia is considered to be the world’s largest standing religious structure. This park is also home to ancient temples which have withstood the test of time.
Lesser-known valuable facts about Angkor Wat Tours
- City of Temples: The very meaning of Angkor Wat is ‘City Temple’ or ‘City of Temples’. Once, it was the Khmer Empire’s capital and comprises of an entire city with schools, libraries, other structures and moats.
- Includes various things than just a temple: The Park comprises of hundreds of religious structures and temples that dot the 400 sq. km. park, taking in forest areas and dense jungle. Two other favourites are Ta Prohm and Bayon.
- Khmer Pride: It is indeed a national pride. Cambodia is considered to be one of the two countries to have the building created in its flag.
- Record holder: It was constructed during the early 12th century while being regarded as the world’s largest religious monument.
- Faces West: Instead of the east, this place points west which according to Hindu culture is related to death. But some of the historians disagree to it. Regardless, it has only paved way to ensure perfect sunrise.
- Amazing techniques: Angkor’s archaeological and engineering feats are considered to be much advanced during its time. The vegetable compound was used instead of mortar to bond bricks together.
- Angkor City: The original external wall during its heyday had once kept the royal palace, city and temple, covering an area of about 203 acres, ensuring its safety. But with time, the whole wall got destroyed.
- A real feast for eyes: The visible remains are really impressive. Then imagine how the surrounding buildings and temples with colourful paints and glittering in gold looked in those days!
- Switched religions: It was initially constructed as a Hindu temple. Then later in the 13th century, it became a Buddhist temple and still is worshipped by the Buddhists even today.
- Hard labour put in its construction: Sandstone amounting to 5+ million tons was used for its construction. They were transported from a quarry that was at a distance of 25 miles, especially in an age where there existed no machinery.
- Evidence of the existence of dinosaurs: There is a carving at the Ta Prohm temple which appears quite similar to that of stegosaurus dinosaur, although the latter got extinct about 65 million years before.
Planning Angkor Wat Tours with all the above information will make the trip much more fruitful.