Angkor meas literary "Capital City"or "Holy City". It is a Hindu temple complex built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and the capital city.
It is architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 metres from the ground level. This is only one of the temples in the complex.
The moat surrounding the Angkor Wat is 1300 metres X 1500 metres. The temple itself is 1km square.
We also found a sculpturor - a very old man who had survived the war - one of the few artistians who survived the war and he had made a full miniature of the complex - it was so fascinating and not many tourists visit this place - even the tuk-tuk driver did not know where it was and we had difficulty finding it but what a place. It was great to see the complex in a small size and as a whole and as it is SO big you cannot take photos of the whole only bits. This was excellent to view before going to the complex.
|The miniature of Angkor Wat - a great way to see it from up above|
|Our tuk-tuk driver who got us very lost but we found it in the end|
Entrance to the sculptor's house and display
|More of the miniature - beautifully carved to scale|
|Part of the real Angkor Wat|