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Angkor Wat is one of the Cambodia’s ancient temples that been standing on Cambodia land for more than 1000 years so far already, now it’s turned to number one tourist destinations of the South East Asia regions, there are 10 countries of the regions.
Angkor Wat Temple is also well known as Angkor thoch which it’s being called Cambodian local villagers. And then Angkor Thom is the nearby temples, the both sides was started to build by king Jayaman II and then king Jayaman VII completed the whole things of the two temples.
The temple of Angkor Wat temple located in Siem Reap of Cambodia, and it’s about 5-6 hours by driving and 45 minutes by flight from Phnom Penh capital, and then it need to take another 15 to 20 minutes by car or tuk tuk to get the temple from the city of Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat temple within 3 towers, 5 towers, total. if you want to see the 5 towers, need walk closer or don’t look from frontside
Before visiting the Angkor Wat temple Tips:
the temple is at least a 5oo meters walking tours it departs the parking lot and then leaving a first step to temple’s bridge to the main entrance is an other 200 meters plus more. there is no shadow if the climate is not hot then you are got from the natures.
Bring few bottles of water is a must need
Dress Codes, wear long sleeves, t shirt must be covered your shoulders and long pains or pain must be covered your knees, there is a Buddhist temple
Glasses and cap or hat are an option, the sun is very hot, for day time and noon
An footage from an aero pic, we are able to see the clearly moat that’s surrounded the whole temple size, the water is sized 1300 meter x 1500 meters, within a meters bridge, its the frontside bridge there is also a backside bridge but the image is not possible to view it, cause of the thick forest. Moreover, I am believed, some of live crocodiles fed in the deeply waters.
the article bellow is a copied and pasted my Cambodia Shooting Ranges Outdoor Phnom Penh writers
Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.
Wat is the Khmer name for temple (the French spelling is “vat “), which was probably added to “Angkor “when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument, most likely in the sixteenth century. After 1432 when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was cared for by Buddhist monks.
It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.
The plan of Angkor Wat is difficult to grasp when walking through the monument because of the vastness. Its complexity and beauty both attract and distract one’s attention. From a distance Angkor Wat appears to be a colossal mass of stone on one level with a long causeway leading to the center but close up it is a series of elevated towers, covered galleries, chambers, porches and courtyards on different levels linked by stairways.
The height of Angkor Wat from the ground to the top of the central tower is greater than it might appear: 213 meters (699 feet), achieved with three rectangular or square levels (1-3) Each one is progressively smaller and higher than the one below starting from the outer limits of the temple.
Covered galleries with columns define the boundaries of the first and second levels. The third level supports five towers –four in the corners and one in the middle and these is the most prominent architectural feature of Angkor Wat. This arrangement is sometimes called a quincunx. Graduated tiers, one rising above the other, give the towers a conical shape and, near the top, rows of lotuses taper to a point.
The overall profile imitates a lotus bud, Several architectural lines stand out in the profile of the monument. The eye is drawn left and right to the horizontal aspect of the levels and upward to the soaring height of the towers. The ingenious plan of Angkor Wat only allows a view of all five towers from certain angles. They are not visible, for example, from the entrance. Many of the structures and courtyards are in the shape of a cross. The. Visitor should study the plan on page 86 and become familiar with this dominant layout. A curved sloping roof on galleries, chambers and aisles is a hallmark of Angkor Wat. From a distance it looks like a series of long narrow ridges but close up from identifies itself. It is a roof made of gracefully arched stone rectangles placed end to end. Each row of tiles is capped with an end tile at right angles the ridge of the roof.
The scheme culminates in decorated tympanums with elaborate frames. Steps provide access to the various levels. Helen Churchill Candee, who visited Angkor in the 1920s, thought their usefulness surpassed their architectural purpose.
The steps to Angkor Wat are made to force a halt at beauteous obstruction that the mind may be prepared for the atmosphere of sanctity, she wrote In order to become familiar with the composition of Angkor Wat the visitor should learn to recognize the repetitive elements in the architecture. Galleries with columns, towers, curved roofs, tympanums, steps and the cross-shaped plan occur again and again.
It was by combining two or more of these aspects that a sense of height was achieved. This arrangement was used to link one part of the monument to another. Roofs were frequently layered to add height, length or dimension. A smaller replica of the central towers was repeated at the limits of two prominent areas-the galleries and the entry pavilions. The long causeway at the entrance reappears on the other side of the entry pavilion.