Angkor Wat is the masterpiece of huge monument in Cambodia. It is one of the biggest religious monument in the world. It was built in the reign of King Suryavarman II in early of 12th century in order to dedicate to god Vishnu. It is represented Mount Meru. The surrounding moat is represented the ocean. The temple is three tiered pyramid by 5 tower lotus like. The height is 65 meters from ground level.
Angkor Wat was listed in UNESCO world heritage in 1992. It is the most important temple in Cambodia to attract tourists by years. The king also built other temples with the same style such as Thommanon, Chao Say Tevoda, Banteay Samre, Wat Atwea and Beng Melea.
Angkor Wat is surrounded by the wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple is 1 square kilomerters and a three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. There are nearly 2000 differently rendered apsara carvings make it attractive on the walls throughout the temple and represent the finest examples of Apsara carvings in Angkor era art. There are many galleries and pavilions. It is depicted with Mahabharata and Ramayana. Tour guide may be very helpful for you to understand all the carving and bas-relief story.
The first level of the temple is the most artistic point of view. Most visitors begin their scrutiny with the bas-reliefs that cover the exterior wall of the first level, following the bas-reliefs counter clockwise around the temple. Bas-relief preview include the mythological Battle of Kuru on the west wall, the historical march of Suryavarman II’s army against the Cham. Then, followed by scenes from hell and heaven on the south wall and the classic ‘Churning of the Ocean Milk’ on the east wall.