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Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Photography Part I: Angkor Wat
Today, once again I am taking you all to cherish the profound beauty and mystic tranquillity of 'Khmer Splendour' in Cambodia- Angkor Wat.
The wondrous temples of Angkor are one of the most astonishing, magnificent and enduring architectural achievements of mankind, built by Khmer civilisation between 802 and 1220 AD.
As the best-preserved temple at the site, Angkor Wat is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation- first Hindu, then Buddhist. The temple epitomise the high classical style of Khmer art and architecture, is world's largest single religious monument.
Angkor Wat has become the symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag and is one of the prime attraction in South East Asia.
This exceptional monument built during the early years of the 12th century by the Khmer Emperior Suryavarman II, dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and is a symbolic representation of ancient Hindu cosmology.
Built over a period of 400 years by a number of different rulers and covering an area of more than 400 sq km, the temple complex of Angkor Wat was only rediscovered 150 years ago.
The magical ruins of Angkor are located amidst dense forests and lash green farmland, near modern daySiem Reap city in Cambodia. These finest masterpieces are a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site.
Many of the temples at Angkor complex have been restored, and together they comprise the most significant site of Khmer architecture.
This is another short post and my humble attempt to explore the glory of this marvellous piece of art.
Many more to come as it is impossible to over the beauty of this splendid location in a few posts.
Please visit my other posts on Angkor Wat-Cambodia here and here .
All pictures are photographed by me. Please, do not reuse them in any form without my written permission. Thanks.