Interesting and fun facts about Angkor Wat

No visit to Cambodia is complete without visiting Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia.

Think you've heard a lot about Angkor Wat? Well here are a few facts that might surprise you!

Facts You Never Knew About Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument on the planet

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument on the planet and the largest religious monument in the world.
Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. 

Angkor Wat is designed to represent Mount Meru

Angkor Wat is designed to represent Mount Meru, the spiritual and physical nexus in Hinduism which is the center of all reality.

The central tower rises from the center of the monument symbolizing the mythical mountain, Meru, situated at the center of the universe. Its five towers correspond to the peaks of Meru. The outer wall corresponds to the mountains at the edge of the world, and the surrounding moat the oceans beyond.

The Angkor temple Ta Prohm—famous for the large vines that strangle the ruins.

One of the most famous temples in Angkor, the Ta Prohm is known for the huge trees and the massive roots growing out of its walls. 

The Angkor temple (Its original name was Rajavihara, the royal monastery) is one of the most visited temples in the Angkor Park.It was a monastery built by King Jayavarman VII for his mother.

Spong trees  have invaded this temple erected in the late 12th century .  

The French said “fromagers” owing to their enormous roots that brought to mind an oozing camembert.

When restoration of the temples began, the French chose Ta Prohm to be left in its "natural" state, as an example of how most of Angkor looked in the early 19th century.

Angkor Wat faces the west 

Angkor Wat faces the west which is unusual when compared to similar temples in the region, which commonly are directed towards the east. As the west is associated with death it’s believed the site was built for funerals or used as a tomb.

The ruins of Angkor contain 70 temples

The ruins of Angkor contain 70 temples scattered over 400 acres / 1.6 km²., hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. (A sandstone causeway served as the main access point for the temple.)

A 15-foot high wall, surrounded by a wide moat, protected the city, the temple and residents from invasion, and much of that fortification is still standing.

The biggest group located in Angkor Thom, the capital city of the Khmer Empire.

2 Millions of people visit the site every year.

Angkor Wat is the reason that more than 50% of tourists visit Cambodia each year.

Angkor Wat was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Angkor Wat not chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, which garnered even greater attention for the site.

Today a restoration projects are ongoing.

An international  effort has helped to restore sites and prevent collapse of unstable structures.Most of the money to restore Angkor Wat comes from foreign aid.

Only an estimated 28% of ticket sales goes back into the temples.

Cambodia and Afghanistan are the only two countries who display their national monument on their flag.

Since around 1850, Angkor Wat has been featured in the center of the national flag of Cambodia, to show their incredible pride in the ancient monument.
Illustrations of Angkor Wat also appear on denominations of the riel, the Cambodian currency.

More intersting Facts About Angkor Wat

The aptly named Angkor Wat translates as ‘a city of temples’. 

Angkor Wat is located roughly five miles north of the modern Cambodian city of Siem Reap.

After 1432 the city of Angkor was forgotten for a few centuries with passing Buddhist monks occasionally stumbling upon the ruins yet not understandings its origins. 

The Hindu temple complex of Angkor Wat built  between 1113 and 1150 by Suryavarman II as his state temple and capital city.

In approximately the 14th century, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple.

A huge five million tons of sandstone was used to build the religious.

It was after filming in Angkor Wat that Angelina Jolie made the decision to adopt her Cambodian son Maddox.

Many ancient statues have been decapitated and their heads sold to private collectors.


Hiring a guide

Hiring a guide for at least the first day can help you get orientated to the te

Angkor Wat The main ticket sales office 

The main ticket sales office is the Angkor Conservation Area ticket booth on Charles de Gaulle road, the road between Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.(  7 km away from the temple).

Our recommendation: Buy tickets one day before.

1 Day – 37 $  ,3 Days –  62 $

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