This magical place was once capital city to the Khmer Empire, who were among some to the most powerful between the years 900-1400AD. The city was later abandoned in 1431 when it was lost to the jungle, but was rescued by the French in the late 1800’s before Cambodia regained its independence in 1953 and restored the grounds to become what it is you see today.
The magnificence of Angkor Wat conveys a pomp and an extravagance that far surpasses that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan. Its brilliance greater than the Egyptian Pyramids and its splendor as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat, in its state of preservation, is truly unrivalled. Located just north of Siem Reap, to see this spectacle in all its glory you will need to set off early. Take a tuk-tuk and aim to arrive at the site for around 3:30-4:00 am to secure a spot in front of the grand temple before the sun rises. Be prepared for crowds, but try not to let this hinder the moment you see the grandeur before you come to life; as the sky breaks out into striking colour to reveal Angkor Wat, you will not want to be distracted. The site has been voted one of the most spectacular pieces of construction known to man and in recent years a visit to Angkor Wak has slowly become more and more popular, and seeing this spectacular collection of temples first hand is an absolute must during your time in Cambodia. It illustrates cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as encompassing great architectural and artistic significance. Angkor Wat is a place to behold; a place to wander and a place to explore. So take your time, seek out every inch this temple has to offer and let your imagination run away with you as you walk the ruins of this awe-inspiring and respected temple.