Way back in the early 12th century King Suryavarman II constructed a huge Hindu temple complex at Angkor Vat. Declared the State temple in those days, it was also the location of the State capital of Cambodia. Unique feature of the temple city is that it provides some excellent combination of Hinduism with Buddhism. High classical styles of Khmer architecture earmark the construction of the temple city. Angkor vat today constitutes one of the major Asia Travel Destinations for the travelers’ world over.
Significance of the unique temple complex does not end there. Symbolizing the national entity of Cambodia appearing on its national flag, Angkor Vat is also one of the prime Cambodian attractions around. Temple Mountain as well as the galleried temple represents the true excellence of the South Indian Architecture. Jagati that happens to be the key features of such architecture is clearly displayed here. Replicating the Mount Meru that is home of the Gods according to the Hindu Mythology the outer wall is 3.6 kilometers in length.
Unlike other Angkorian temples in Cambodia, Angkor Vat has a bit of western orientation as well as the modern name has been derived in the 16th century. Located at around 5.5 Kilometers towards the north of the modern township of Siem Reap the location is full of ancient structures constituting one of the major Cambodian attractions for the visitors.
Appreciating the value of Angkor Vat both as symbol of the heritage and culture of the country as well as its position as the attraction for the tourists a lot of restoration works were taken up during the 20th century. Despite some setbacks during the Khmer Rouge control of Cambodia, it has today become a source of great national pride and consequentially one of the noted Asian travel destinations.Tags: asia travel, attractions, destinations, hindu temple