The ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat is huge. While I didn’t get to all of it, please enjoy some of my postcards from this important site.
When I was in Siem Reap a few months back, a news article announced that the already-pretty-amazing temple complex of Angkor Wat was, in fact, far more extensive than previously thought. Using the newest technology in airborne laser scanning technology, archaeologists have revealed multiple cities between 900 and 1,400 years old beneath the tropical forest floor, some of which rival the size of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
The temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world and the site spans an extensive 162.6 hectares. Construction began in the early part of the 12th century and the site was originally devoted to the Hindu god vishnu, but gradually transformed to a Buddhist centre of worship – which it remains today.
Life goes on all around this ancient site – both human and plant life. Mother nature holds much of the complex in her embrace.
Even though I visited Angkor Wat twice, over two days, there was no way I could cover all of the known temples – let alone the newly discovered hidden sites, – but I took plenty of photos of those I did visit. There’s quite a lot of them, so please do sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy my holiday snaps.