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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Why Angkor Wat is special
The ornate architectural details and exquisite stone carvings are masterpieces. I found the seductive dancing female ("apsaras") sculptures ringing Angkor Wat to be particularly arresting.

Angkor Wat history in brief

Early history
It was constructed in the jungle in the early 12th century, then - two centuries later - was mysteriously abandoned by the Khmer civilization.

The jungle soon overwhelmed Angkor Wat, hiding it for several centuries with thick tropical foliage. There was little left to see except an occasional protruding building stone.

In 1861, a French naturalist accidentally came across the jungle-veiled ruins.

Eventually archaeologists cut back the overgrowth, exposing Angkor Wat's magnificence.

Recent deterioration
Sadly, much of what was rescued and restored over the past century fell victim to recent civil warfare. Structures and carvings deteriorated when - through human neglect - the jungle repossessed the previously saved Angkor structures.

On the positive side
Cambodia is now making a conscientious effort to once again reclaim key Angkor sites from the destructive jungle.

Don't visit Angkor Wat in the morning
Do it in the afternoon for two reasons.
However, you must visit Angkor Wat in the morning if you want to see the sun rising behind the ruins.

Angkor Wat is part of a greater complex
Angkor Wat is just one of many structures in a huge human-built complex, as geographically large as Paris. It is collectively called Angkor. The top subcomplexes besides Angkor Wat ("wat" means temple) are:
Siem Reap hotels
You have many hotel choices, ranging from budget to luxury. The Sokha Angkor Resort is one of the most attractive, best-valued, and well-located quality hotels in Siem Reap. Click Sokha Angkor Resort to visit its website for photos, description and room rates.

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