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Angkor Wat lies 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of the modern town of Siem Reap, and a short distance south and slightly east of the previous capital, which was centred at Baphuon. It is in an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures. It is the southernmost of Angkor’s main sites.
Angkor What??? Many people don’t know yet the magic world of Angkor Wat, one of the world’s wonders. This place is so special, and the atmosphere so surreal, no doubt that many magic theories were born in the modern time about its possible connection with egyptian Giza’s pyramids and Aztec pyramids. But these are just theories. What is for sure true is, if you come and visit Angkor Wat, you will never forget.
The whole Angkor period spans for more than VI centuries, and more precisely from IX till XV century. During this period the Khmer empire reached its maximum splendor as one of the most powerful southeast asian kingdoms. In this period the whole area of Angkor was buit. We can consider Jayavarman II as the man that started everything. He define himself Devaraja (good king) and he established the Khmer empire in 802.
Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors
Angkor Wat today 2012
The Archaeological Survey of India carried out restoration work on the temple between 1986 and 1992. Since the 1990s, Angkor Wat has seen continued conservation efforts and a massive increase in tourism. The temple is part of the Angkor World Heritage Site, established in 1992, which has provided some funding and has encouraged the Cambodian government to protect the site. The German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP) is working to protect the devatas and other bas-reliefs which decorate the temple from damage. The organisation’s survey found that around 20% of the devatas were in very poor condition, mainly because of natural erosion and deterioration of the stone but in part also due to earlier restoration efforts. Other work involves the repair of collapsed sections of the structure, and prevention of further collapse: the west facade of the upper level, for example, has been buttressed by scaffolding since 2002, while a Japanese team completed restoration of the north library of the outer enclosure in 2005.
World Monuments Fund began work on the Churning of the Sea of Milk Gallery in 2008.
Angkor Wat has become a major tourist destination. In 2004 and 2005, government figures suggest that, respectively, 561,000 and 677,000 foreign visitors arrived in Siem Reap province, approximately 50% of all foreign tourists in Cambodia for both years. The site has been managed by the private SOKIMEX group since 1990, which rented it from the Cambodian government. The influx of tourists has so far caused relatively little damage, other than some graffiti; ropes and wooden steps have been introduced to protect the bas-reliefs and floors, respectively. Tourism has also provided some additional funds for maintenance—as of 2000 approximately 28% of ticket revenues across the whole Angkor site was spent on the temples—although most work is carried out by foreign government-sponsored teams rather than by the Cambodian authorities.
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Hidden deep in the impenetrable jungle of Cambodia, the mighty temple of Angkor Wat is a humbling representation of the Hindu universe. A usurper king who seizes the throne by murdering his great uncle, King Suryavarman II seeks to justify his absolute power over the enormous Khmer Empire with a towering monument to Hindu god Vishnu. Angkor Wat will also serve as the new king’s personal mausoleum, and be his personal heaven for the afterlife. Suryavarman’s vision is one of staggering ambition. The largest of the five huge towers soars 65 meters into the sky, surrounded by a network of concentric courtyards, causeways and outbuildings, all guarded by an enormous 200 meter wide moat. Experts estimate workers must cut and transport at least 300 blocks of sandstone weighing from three to fifteen tonnes every day to ensure the temple is finished in Suryavarman’s lifetime. Completed in a staggering thirty-five years, Angkor Wat, remains one of the largest and awe-inspiring religious monuments ever built.
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Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat – Part 1
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Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat: Eighth Wonder of the World
Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat – Part 2
Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat – Part 3
Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat – Part 4
Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat – Part 5
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អង្គរវត្តស្ថិតនៅក្នុងខេត្តសៀមរាប។ នគរវត្ដជាស្នាដៃដ៏ធំចម្បងអស្ចារ្យរបស់ ព្រះបាទសូរ្យវរ្ម័នទី២ ដែលមានឈ្មោះល្បីល្បាញរន្ទឺសុះសាយ ទៅគ្រប់ទិសទី លើពិភពលោក មិនតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ
Français :Angkor Vat
Angkor Vat fut construit dans la première moitié du XIIe siècle par le roi Suryavarman II dont le règne s’étala de 1113 à 1150. Comme le Baphûon était dédié à Shiva et que Suryavarman II honorait Vishnou, il décida la construction d’un nouveau temple au sud de la ville. Ceci pourrait expliquer que l’entrée d’Angkor Vat est orientée vers l’ouest — vers Vishnou —, contrairement aux autres temples khmers.
Le travail de construction semble avoir pris fin à la mort du roi, laissant inachevés quelques-uns des bas-reliefs décoratifs6. En 1177, Angkor fut pillé par les Chams, les ennemis traditionnels des Khmers. Par la suite, l’empire fut restauré par Jayavarman VII, qui mit en place une nouvelle capitale, Angkor Thom et un temple d’État, le Bayon, quelques kilomètres plus au nord.
Au XIVe siècle ou XVe siècle, le temple fut adapté au culte bouddhiste avec un remaniement notable du sanctuaire central. Aujourd’hui encore, le temple est visité quotidiennement par des moines bouddhistes.
Parmi les temples d’Angkor, Angkor Vat fut l’un des temples les mieux conservés car, même s’il fut quelque peu négligé après le XVIe siècle, il n’a jamais été complètement abandonné. Sa préservation étant due en partie au fait que ses douves fournirent une protection contre le développement de la jungle sur le site7.
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