State temple and Capital city for King Suryavarman II built in the 12th century.
This temple was first dedicated to Hinduism (to Vishnu) and then later to Buddhism.
The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
It has become a symbol of Cambodia.
The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.
Breathless grandeur, that was my feeling when I finally saw this magnificent temple in real life. A little smile crept up my face and remained there the entire time. There are no words to describe the totally overwhelming feeling of being there. Granted, there were loads of others milling around you, speaking in their own language, some equally as excited as me, some so blase, some complaining about the heat. Whatever. You just turn it off and follow the pull of the temple. And you will not regret it.
When I hear people say that Angkor Wat is one of those places you have to visit once in your lifetime, I quietly agree 🙂
For the non-denominational spiritually-minded amongst us, nowhere on Earth conjures such mystical feelings as the famed temple complex at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A simple gaze at its spectacular geometrical towers against the bright sun-streaked sky (or even better: under the yellow moonlight of a star-studded evening) and one feels closer to whatever deity he or she currently holds closest to their heart. There is a mysterious aire to this destination, as if the prayers and esoteric beliefs of millions of ancient devotees are somehow synergized directly into its strange and secretive stone carvings.
This place returns to its peacefulness. The Buddha smile.