Angkor Wat is a temple complex built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. During his rule, it served as the state temple and capital city. It is the best preserved religious site in Cambodia, and the only one to remain in use today. It started as a Hindu temple, dedicated to Vishnu, and is now Buddhist.
Angkor Wat combines two forms of Khmer temple architecture. The first is temple mountain, which honors gods in Hindu mythology; the second is the galleried temple, a form that evolved during the 10th century.
The temple was given a restoration between 1986 and 1992 by the Archaeological Survey of India. Since the mid-1990s, there have been continuous conservation efforts to improve the temple.
World Heritage Site
Angkor Wat has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the missions of the organization is to encourage countries to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage.
One of the only nightclubs in the area is The Zone. The club operates a full bar and caters to all age groups.
Tonle Sap Lake
Unique to Cambodia, the size of the lake changes during monsoon. Rent a boat for the day and watch how local people fish the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
Visitors have their choice of local cuisine. Local restaurants serve traditional Khmer as well as several other Asian flavors.
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