Angkor Guia, Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat (; Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត, "City/Capital of Temples") is a Hindu temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest

religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. 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 combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat more than 5 kilometres (3 mi) long and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.
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  • O melhor- fizemos uma fantástica visita aos Templos. Pensa em alguém que aprendeu português estudando pela internet e fala melhor que eu! The best! Go for it he speaks four languages fluently...  more »
  • Sameth is really great! My wife and I went with him for a one-day tour to Angkor and the experience was fantastic. All sites he took us was amazing! And the weather helped indeed. I suggest also to.....  more »
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  • Incredible Temple. The amount of history here can be explored for days and it’s definitely worth a visit. Go all the way to the top, you get amazing views from there. It is absolutely massive so allow at least 2 hours for the visit and bring some water. Be prepared to walk for a few kilometres and up and and down steep stairs. Have fun!
  • A visit here provides a ever lasting spiritual experience. If possible, try to arrive so that you can see the sun rise over this wonderful site. In order to fully explore and appreciate these wonderful monuments allow yourself plenty of time, take lots of fluids, sun screen etc as the sun is unrelenting.
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