Saturday, January 22, 2011

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia constructed for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. As the best preserved temple in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat has continued to be a major Buddhist center. The temple is the apex of the classic Khmer architecture. It has become a prominent symbol for Cambodi, adorning the nation’s flag, and is the country’s primary tourist destination.

The name Angkor Wat means “city temple”. Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor which is derived from the Sanskrit word nagara meaning capital. Wat is the Khmer term for temple. Previously, the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.

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