Angkor Wat (”City Temple”) is a vast temple complex in Cambodia. The area contains the remains of the Khmer Empire, a sophisticated civilization that prospered between the 9th and 14th centuries in Southeast Asia. These magnificent remains, include the famous Angkor Wat temple, which is the 7th Wonder of the World.
Angkor is a 154 square mile archaeological site (400 square kilometres). Its beautiful and ornate temples extend throughout the agricultural community that continue to live in Siem Reap. Ranging from simple brick towers to complicated stone structures.
Not only is Angkor one of the largest sacred temple complexes in the world, but the landscape is testament to the ancient civilization's urban planning. Water collection and distribution systems as well as routes of communication which have been unearthed.
While early Angkor temples were built as Hindu temples, with the changing hands of many leaders with different religious preferences the temple has gone from Hinduism, to Buddhism, back to Hinduism and back to Buddhism. Today it holds both religious influences and symbolism of both can be seen throughout the temples.