Angkor Wat Unsolved Mystery – Angkor Wat is a temple that entered as one of UNESCO’s cultural heritage sites in 1992. Located in Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
This temple is also one of the favorite tourist destinations in Cambodia. It is also the largest religious monument in the world. No wonder the Cambodian pride site is used as a symbol of Cambodian national flag.
History of Angkor Wat
The building was founded around the 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer kingdom. Standing on 200 hectares of land. Where the construction takes up to 30 years and is estimated to be built by 300,000 thousand workers.
At first this temple was erected as a tribute to Lord Vishnu. But around the fourteenth century it was converted into a Buddhist temple by a local leader. Many scientists believe that Angkor Wat is not only a temple dedicated to Vishnu, but also intended for the King’s tomb later.
Name Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat literally means “Temple of the City.” But it is not the real name given to the temple when it was first built. It is not known exactly what the name of Angkor Wat means, because there is no text or inscription that describes the name of this temple.
What is interesting is how the large stones material reached the site in the field that is quite difficult to be reached. Some researchers estimate that the material could get to the site because of the network of hundreds of canals from the stone quarries to the location.
Angkor Wat’s air sights show that the temple is surrounded by a large wall. Separating the base of the sacred shrine from the protective trench that surrounds the entire complex.
The temple consists of three galleries (a corridor that runs along the temple) with a main shelter, marked by five stone towers.
The five stone towers have the meaning of five mountains. The empty space and the moat are defined as mountains and oceans that surround Mt. Meru. Mount Meru is not only a home for the gods, but also regarded as the cosmic axis or the world that connects the heavens and the earth.
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