Angkor Wat is entitled the largest religious monument in the entire globe built in the 12th century, by Khmer King Suryavarman II in country named Cambodia. Initially it was a Hindu temple, but later on it became a Buddhist temple. The outstanding model of Khmer architecture has turned into a symbol of Cambodia; you can see it on the national flag of Cambodia too.
What is so fascinating at Angkor Wat?
Angkor Wat is an ancient structure which attracts tourists from all around the world. Let me highlight few astonishing qualities of Angkor Wat that persuade both local and foreign tourists throughout the year:
Angkor Wat is full of ancient Sculpture carved into stones.
Angkor Archaeological Park:
It covers around 400 square kilometer comprising Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and forest beside Angkor Wat so you don’t need to only visit Angkor Wat, but there are many more reasons for you to come at this astounding place.
UNESCO’s World Heritage:
According to UNESCO, Angkor Archaeological Park (including Angkor Wat) was considered a World Heritage site in 1992. UNESCO feared this historically significant place to be in danger due to looting and groundwater depletion. Consequently excessive care has been taken since then to assure the protection of the site from all sorts of danger.
Siem Reap is a town crowded by tourists who need to visit Angkor Archaeological Park as this town is equipped with modern accommodation and other facilities.
Angkor Wat is surrounded by moats that are pyramid shaped, along with five tall towers on to them.
Shiva the god is represented by linga (phallus) that is table-like block formed from carved stone. In order to symbolize the kingdom and rule, kings had built state temples almost in all rooms.
Baray (water reservoir):
Numerous Baray of enormous sizes are built around Angkor, for instance one of them is 8km by 2.3 km in size. It is still mystifying for archeologists seeking to answer “what was the real purpose for their construction?”
You would see baffling Motifs and other figures on walls like Apsara (bare-breasted usually dancing), Kala (Monstrous face without a lower jaw) and Naga (Many-headed mythical serpent).
Khmer gigantic monument could be witnessed at Angkor Wat.
King Suryavarman II:
Angkor Wat is the fabulous art and craft portrayed by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century.
At the center of Angkor Wat there is a Central courtyard with no roof above hence it will allow you to enjoy sunlight.
According to archaeologists’ architecture and sculptures in temple, it is where Lord Vishnu was worshipped but after death of the king, mausoleum was added to it.
Five sky-high towers are ornamented with great art of ancient times.
Ancient library exist at both sides of wide corridor, and inspires tourists to come and know more about the entire civilization.
Numerous scenes of historical events are portrayed like Vishnu’s victory over demons, battles between gods and demons.
One of the most captivating features of Angkor wat monument is Bas- Relief Gallery with distinctive carvings on it. It extends 1200 sq meters .It consists of eight sections with a description of a particular theme on each section.
A portrayal of magnificent ancient art and craftsmanship is visible in base reliefs. You can find the essence of Egyptian artistry here as well.
It is to be noted that Bagvata –Pourana is a famous Indian epic. It particularly describes the ocean of milk which was churned by demons and gods to produce a liquid of life (Amrta).The milk represent the white elephant and there is also a Lakshmi according to the epic which symbolizes goddess of loveliness.
Interesting small tomb:
In the East gallery, you will find an 18th century inscription narrating a story about the governor of the province who had preserved bones of his children and wife in a small tomb which was built by him.
Depiction of Heaven and Hell:
There are inscriptions which describe about 37 heavens and32 hells. The scenes depicting leisure and serenity represent heaven, whereas scenes depicting punishment and torment represent hell.
If you get exhausted by the long and consistent walk through the historical monument, then you can unwind yourself by relaxing in, near by resorts. Don’t forget to take part in various recreational activities such as golf and cycling.
Visitors who love golf must visit Angkor Golf Resort in Seam Reap. The resort also offers golf courses for visitors who show intent to participate in different golf competitions.
A Bike Tour:
An interesting visit through the monumental Roulous group temples of Angkor Wat and near by countryside is through a bike ride. Through this bike tour you will discover the history of the beginning of the Angkor Empire.
Tips for a Pleasant Trip this winter
Have you ever planned to come at Angkor Wat to see the marvelous work of Khmer Empire? Ok then kindly take some useful guide which shall be beneficial:-
- From November to February Angkor is the peak for tourism (especially Christmas/ New-year) as it is dry with temperature 25-30 Celsius, while in other months it’s too hot with temperature up to 40 Celsius.
- In Angkor Wat there is no accommodation for tourists, so catch a hotel in Siem Reap around 20 minutes’ drive away or 6 kilometers distance.
- If you have big budget then have experience of Helicopter flight ($90 per person) or for tight budget Hot air balloon flight ($15 per person).
- You would have to buy passes to enter Angkor zone like 1-day ($20), 3-day ($40), or 7-day ($60) for adult, on the contrary to that for children under 12 years it’s free. So Kids enjoy for free.
Plan now and have a safe journey to Angkor Wat. And don’t forget to confirm the current prices as they may vary from the above mentioned ones due to peak season.