Why should Angkor Wat be conserved?

What is conserved at Angkor?

Angkor Conservation is a Ministry of Culture compound that houses more than 5000 statues, lingas (phallic symbols) and inscribed stelae, stored here to protect them from the wanton looting that has blighted hundreds of sites around Angkor.

Why is Angkor Wat a popular tourist attraction?

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. The earliest temples were built using brick.

Why we should conserve and preserve Angkor Wat?

“The preservation of Angkor is meant to assist in nation-building and national reconciliation and thereby return the nation to its earlier peaceful era.

What aspects of Angkor have survived or disappeared?

With the adoption of Theravada Buddhism, much of the rational for the monumental architecture of Angkor disappeared since people found greater appeal in the rituals performed in small shrines by Buddhist monks than in those performed by kings and priests in large temples.

What does Angkor Wat represent?

Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. 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.

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