Friday, July 17, 2009

TRAVEL: Magnificent Angkor Wat

My footsteps...

Angkor Wat is the largest
religious monument in the world.
Architecturally, visually and artistically,
it is beautiful, magnificent and breathtaking!
Made by the Khmer kings in a process that lasts almost 4 centuries (9th to 13th century), with the fall of the Khmers Empire in 1431, this magnificent area were abandoned and recaptured by the lush forest and remained a hidden legend. The peasants said they had found "temples built by Gods or by giants." Their stories were casually dismissed as folktales by the pragmatic Europeans.

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Henry Mahout's discovery of the Angkor Temples in 1860 opened up this to the world. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat, in the center is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by 5 lotus-like towers rising 213 feet from ground level.

Angkor Wat is now a World Heritage Site.
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All photographs from
Christopher Ong

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