Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrohm, left to the elements, Giant fig tree by Gavin Hellier for Stocksy United

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrohm, left to the elements, Giant fig tree

Angkor Wat is the largest Bhuddist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Tamil king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism 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 – first Hindu, 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.

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