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Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Asia, Cambodia, Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Purple Hues of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Photo of the Week: The Purple Hues of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is on most people’s bucket lists, and for good reason. Being there at sunset when the colours become absolutely stunning adds to the incredible beauty of this ancient temple.

The Temples of Angkor Wat were built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD. They represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over the area reaching East to Vietnam, North to China, and West to Myanmar. There are more than 100 stone temples in the structure that can be seen at Angkor today. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century by Suryavaram II and honors the Hindu god Vishnu, and is a symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology. Angkor consists of an enormous temple symbolizing the mythic Mt. Meru, and its five inter walls and moats represent chains of mountains and the cosmic ocean.