World's Biggest Hindu Temple of Lord Vishnu known as Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia-UNESCO World Heritage Site

Angkor is a region in Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, the largest empire of Southeast Asia that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries.Angkor Wat, which means temple city is located just South of the Khmer capital Angkor Thom.Yet, unknown to many Hindus all around! An architectural marvel and a piece of world heritage.The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple"; Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor, which comes from the Sanskrit word nagar. Wat is the Khmer form of the Pali word "vatthu", meaning "temple grounds".Here is some Fact about World's Biggest Hindu Temple of Lord Vishnu known as Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Location: South of Angkor Thom ,Siem Reap Cambodiya
Built in: 11th Century
Built By: King Suryavarman II
Dedicated to:Lord Vishnu
Significance : World's Biggest Hindu Temple
Entry: Free
Photography: Allow
Area: 161 acres
Height: 213 meters (699 feet)
Architecture Style: High classical style of Khmer architecture.
Main Attraction : Lord Vishnu Temple
Temple timing:Day time open
Visiting timing: 1 to 2 Hours
Best time to visit: Oct to Feb
How to Reach by Air: The Nearest Airport is Siem Reap International Airport just 8KM of Temple.
How to Reach by Road:You can get to Angkor Wat from Siem Reap by taxi, tuk tuk or rented bicycle.

More Information about Angkor Wat Temple
 
Angkor Wat Lord Vishnu temple is located South of Angkor Thom , Siem Reap Cambodiya which is situated Bank of Mikang River.The temple was built in 11th to 12th Century and built by King Suryavarman II.The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It’s the only one to have remained a substantial religious centre- first Hindu, then Buddhist- since its foundation. The temple may be the epitome of the high classical type of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, which is the country’s prime attraction for visitors drawn by its architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and also the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

The construction of Angkor Wat lasted at least 37 years. The main tower of the central temple represents the mountain Meru, the center of the Hindu and Buddhist universe. When touring Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples and religious monuments, it's also possible to visit nearby Siem Reap, a small colonial town just north of Southeast Asia's largest lake, Tonle Sap.The temple is a powerful symbol of Cambodia, and is a source of great national pride that has factored into Cambodia's diplomatic relations with its neighbour Thailand, France and the United States.

Angkor Wat is a mountain temple build to represent Mount Meru, the center of the world in Hindu cosmology. The temple’s five prasats or sanctuary towers represent the peaks of the sacred mountain, while the moats represent the oceans that surround Mount Meru.

Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing. In it, the Naga serpent is twisted by demons and gods to produce the elixir of life. The way the light glows on the ancient stones makes sunset the best time to wander through Angkor Wat’s two square kilometers, climb its towers and ponder its creators.

In recognition of the important part it played in both the Hinduism and Buddhism, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1992. The site receives more than 2 million visitors annually for a reason - It ebbs an aura of divinity that can only be found in Incan and Mayan holy shrines.In recent years Angkor Wat has become a major tourist destination, accurate figures for the temple are not available, though in 2004 the country received around 1 million arrivals, of whom according to the Ministry of Tourism, over half had planned to visit the temple. Despite the influx of tourists, relatively little further damage has occurred, other than some graffiti, while ropes and steps have been brought in to protect the bas-reliefs and floors. Tourism has also provided some funds for maintenance and upkeep of the temple, around 28% of ticket revenues across the whole Angkor site is spent on the temple. However most of the work is not carried out by Cambodian authorities, but by teams sponsored by foreign governments.

Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of  Angkor Wat Temple

Lucky Angkor Hotel
La Residence Blanc D'Angkor
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
Angkor Holiday Hotel
City River Hotel

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