Angkor, Cambodia – UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Angkor in Cambodia, the largest religious complex in the world offers more than one reason to visit. The complex houses various monuments of importance like Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom.
If you are a history buff, visit this world heritage site to indulge in the stories of Khmer empire who built this temple complex in 12th century.
To satiate your thirst of magnificent architecture, put this site on your check list. The site is known as the epitome of classical style of Khmer architecture. The mix of temple mountain and concentric galleries around, the bas reliefs, the intricate carvings of Gods and Godesses on the walls are sure to uplift your architectural love for this temple.
If mythology takes you to places, you cannot miss the largest temple of the world. Hear from your guide the reasons why Khmer King Suryavarman II broke the tradition of considering Shiva as the prime god and built a Vishnu temple – Angkor Wat. Follow the outer walls of the temple and dive in the Hindu mythology stories crafted on the walls. Walk around Bayon temple to find Buddha faces staring at you from very possible angle.
For the nature lover you are, get mesmerized by the thick forest cover around the complex. Witness the raw power of nature which is taking over the monuments of Ta phrom temple. You will get astonished on the sight of the trees which are now actually stabilizing and holding the monuments from collapsing. Hence, brace yourself while you see the cascading roots over weathered stone which look quite eerie.
To revive your love for Hollywood and Angelina Jolie, tick Ta prohm off your list when you are visiting Angkor. Everyone’s favorite, Angelina Jolie shot her popular movie Tomb Raider and this temple complex got into the limelight yet again.
If you see the best through your lens, Angkor is definitely the photographer’s paradise. The temples and monuments engulfed within the roots of the trees and crumbled pieces of stones lying close by for mere attention surely makes for the best frames.
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