Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a great temple which was built by Khmer people of Southeast Asia. It lies in Kamouchea, a country also known as Cambodia.

Angkor Wat means "city temple." This temple is the largest religious building in the world. Its outer wall enclose an area larger than a dozen football fields.

Inside stand several stone enclosures, each taller than the one outside it. In the middle rise five huge stone towers shaped like lotus flowers. Sheets of beaten gold once covered them. The middle tower is tallest, so the whole temple is shaped like a vast pyramid. Carvings on the walls of corridors show scenes from stories about Vishnu, a Hindu god.

A Khmer King, Suryavarnam II, had Angkor Wat built in the early 1100s. Later, it was abandoned. A French man, Henri Mouhot, discovered the overgrown ruins in the early 1860s.

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