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Revealed: 7 hidden secrets about the ancient Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

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Read on to find out some very interesting facts.
  • Revealed: 7 hidden secrets about the ancient Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia
    Revealed: 7 hidden secrets about the ancient Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia

    Angkor Wat is one of the most celebrated temples in the Angkor city of Cambodia. It was built around the 12th century, by King Suryavarman II.
    Built as per classical style of Khmer architecture, the temple is a beauty in itself and forms a major attraction of Cambodia.
    The temple remains incomplete as King Suryavarman II died during its course of construction.
    We bring to you some very interesting facts about it. Read on to find out.
    - Angkor Wat can be seen on the national flag of Cambodia, since the introduction of the first version.
    - Angkor Wat has been designed in such a way that it represents Mount Meru, abode of Lord
    Brahma and the Demi Gods (Devtas) according to the Gods in Hindu mythology.
    - Angkor Wat is oriented to the west, unlike most of the other Angkorian temples that face east.
    - Angkor Wat came to be known by its present name since the 16th century. Prior to that, it was known as Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.
    - A quincunx of towers, symbolizing the five peaks of Mount Meru, stands at the center of Angko Wat.
    - Initially, Angko Wat was constructed as a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was in the 14th or 15th century that it was converted to Theravada Buddhist temple.
    - The decorations of the temple are known for their storytelling characteristics, which portray stories or fables from the Hindu epics.
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