What Angkor Wat used for?
It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.
Why you should visit Angkor Wat?
An Architectural Masterpiece. As the greatest of all mountain-temples, Angkor Wat is the prime example of classical Khmer architecture. It was designed for the immortal gods, so it was built of durable materials. Much has survived to this day.
Why you should visit Siem Reap?
The city of Siem Reap is full of life and movement, with flea markets, minor temples and loads of travelers. You can explore it on foot or take a jeep to watch the sunset from the surroundings, visit the “Pub Street” or the Wat Preah Prom Rath, the main temple of the city.
How was Angkor Wat destroyed?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.