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  • For many centuries, a cultural and historic treasure lay hidden amid dense jungles of Cambodia.

  • Angkor Wat.

  • This huge temple site was once completely surrounded by water filled ditches

  • that protected the sanctuary from the noise of the once busy city of Angkor.

  • Today, only the stone temple's one of the largest sites remains.

  • The wooden houses of the Khmer had been lost forever.

  • However, for sandstone of buildings has survived

  • and the noble symbol of metropolis that even heyday covered an area as large as Manhattan.

  • To date 1700 artistic relics has been counted in Angkor Wat.

  • Most of them contain religious illustration derived from Indian mythology

  • Interestingly, the historic figure of god like king - Suryavarman the second

  • appears to combine with Hindu God Vishnu

  • Between the 9th and 15th centuries,

  • various generations of Khmer king regards as in connection of Vishnu.

  • Khmer culture was strongly influenced by numerous Indian tribes

  • and peoples who were immigrated to Cambodia in the 1st millennium.

  • Liberation from the long domination of the Chinese influence Funan Empire

  • made the Khmer stronger and created their first period of prosperity.

  • Various artistic relives still managed to reflect the former splendor of the dancing Apsaras.

  • The strict geometrical layout of Angkor Wat is a vast proportion.

  • Its external walls surround a totally area of nearly 2 square kilometers.

  • The smoke mark on some of the buildings indicate that the Khmer kings and their temples met a violent damed.

  • Only a few but nevertheless impressive remains of Angkor of picturesque be reflected in the water of the surrounding ditches

  • Between 1113 and 1150, the Empire of Khmer king Suryavarman ii reached its cultural climax.

  • Construction of the Angkor Wat temple, dates back to his reign.

  • Indeed, the century became the final resting place of the story of Suryavarman the second.

  • Several similar sites of dead Khmer king surround the legendary old capitle.

  • but none of them measure up to the dimensions of this magnificent temple

  • The sculptures architecture and wonderful relives of the century

  • have made it one of the most significant cultural monuments in southeast asia.

  • But in the course of time, the temple was destroyed.

  • Since its founding, the city of Angkor was destroyed a total of 3 times.

  • In the maze of corridors, 50 meter long relives depict both religious and non-religious things and historical events

  • The illustrations of the military conflicts of the Khmer were over glorified

  • and therefore not a true depiction of actual event

  • To defect of the Khmer by the Siamese army in the 15th century

  • lead to the inevitable decline of their once powerful empire

  • With the congress of the city of Angkor by the Siamese,

  • Buddhism was also introduced into this Hindu center.

  • But the buildings and temples of the former capital lay in ruins from 1431 and were almost completely forgotten

  • Today the mausoleum in temples are the most powerful Khmer king, Suryavarman the second, around the Buddhist controlled

  • These remarkable monuments along with the amazing cultural heritage of Cambodia

  • were discovered in 1850 by a French man - Henri Mouhot

  • Based on his sensational discovery, archaeologists have been able to shed further light on this remarkable location

  • This is led to even greater knowledge in both the legendary mythological images and inhabitants of the Khmer epok.

  • Each evening, a dramatic spectacle takes place in Angkor Wat.

  • When the bygone splendor of this architectural treasures that once seems to be lost forever in the Cambodian jungle

  • is once again brought back to life

For many centuries, a cultural and historic treasure lay hidden amid dense jungles of Cambodia.

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