Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia and is the largest Buddhist temple. It is the largest monument built for religious purposes in the world, this beautiful monument referred to as a temple city is built by Suryavarman II. The emperor built this as a state temple, Angkor Wat was primarily a Hindu temple which later was made into a Buddhist complex by the end of the 12th century. Today Angkor Wat is not a temple but many tourists visit the place due to its beauty though it was destroyed substantially in the 1970s. Wat which generally refers to a temple is in the city Siem Reap which has the only population of 2 lakh people. The Wat is spread over 400 acres and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the temple is largely built on Khmer Architecture as it has both the mountain and the galleried temple which are important parts of their design. Angkor Wat has also found its place in the national flag, the place is considered by most Buddhists as a Pilgrimage. In the center of the temple, there are towers that are arranged in a geometric fashion, it becomes quite an admiration due to its beautiful architecture and Splendour. One can stand and admire its walls for the statutes of devas and Buddhas were remarkably sculptured and also tend to narrate a story. The monument also played a very important role in making the nation of the Buddhist faith. This temple represents Mount Meru which has various belief sets revolving around it; many trusts that god Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma reside on this particular mountain. The Angkor Wat is made of sandstone that was quarried from Phnom Kulen and each weighed about 3000 pounds. Saying so a lot of labor went on in building this temple, to transport these sandstones to the place of construction was done using the river, and not only faith and beauty but the temple is also a complex that involved the effort of about 3,00,000 laborers and 6,000 years. The temple complex though succumbed to ruins but the French also attracted tourism to this place in the 1900s and it took about 35 years to complete the marvelous structure. This structure as it is said unites two different religions i.e. Hindu and Buddhist, unlike many other Hindu temples it is faced towards the west which indicates death but due to the sunset, many visitors are attracted to witness its charm.
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