Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the most important archaeological site in Cambogia: it is a Khmer temple which is located in the archaeological site of Angkor, five kilometres from the city of Siem Reap and rises inside a forest.It is a complex of buildings of inestimable value, one of a kind and for this reason, it is an inevitable stop during a trip to Cambodia.
Some curiosities about Angkor Wat
King Suryavarman II built the complex in the 12th century. It took 30 years to complete it.
The explorer Henri Mouhot discovered it first in 1860 and said it was “grander than anything the Greeks and Romans left us“.
The decorative elements are the apsaras, enchanting female divinities similar to nymphs, which according to legend could lead men to madness while in bas-reliefs we recognize different scenes taken from the Ramayana or Mahabharata, Hindu epics.
There are two theories as to why Angkor Wat in Cambodia was erected: according to the first it must have been the mausoleum of King Suryavarman II, according to the second it should have been a temple in honour of the god Vishnu and later converted to Buddhism Theravada.
The archaeological site is in the UNESCO world heritage.
The complex is so gigantic that it takes 5 days to visit it in-depth.
Angkor Wat and volunteering
These volunteer programs below might offer you the chance to visit one of the most important wonders of the world: