Angkor Wat

October 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Angkor Wat was built in the 1100s and is the largest temple complex in the world.

Th outer wall is 3.6 metres in length and surrounded by this lovely moat. Temples don’t usually have moats, as they are normmally associated with defences. But this moat it seems was created to help stabilise the foundations.

Heading into the outer structure.

The main structure with its three levels.

Angkor Wat took 37 years to build, and they think involved 300,000 slaves and 6,000 elephants.

An example of the carvings on some of the walls.

A former swimming pool on the second level.

The third level of Angkor Wat is “heaven” so the 12 staircases going up to it are known as stairways to heaven :-)

More carvings. And yes the one on the left is ….

The view from the third level. Absolutely magnificent. I’m going back the next day at 5 am to see a sunrise from it.

Another view from the top, showing the tourists coming in.

The stairs down. Bloody steep.

A view across the moat.

Incredibly well preserved for something built in the 1100s.

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7 Responses to “Angkor Wat”

  1. iMP (2,236 comments) says:

    This is the Temple with a clear craving of a Stegosaurus on it, several hundred years before dinosaurs were discovered. has never been explained.

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  2. alwyn (380 comments) says:

    Your second sentence says “The outer wall is 3.6 metres in length”.
    Please satisfy my curiosity. Did you mean 3.6 metres in HEIGHT or perhaps 3.6 KILOMETRES in length?

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  3. Longknives (4,454 comments) says:

    Great photos- As a History buff I love going to places like this…

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  4. Katewanderer (1 comment) says:

    The moat and walls around Angkor Wat are for ceremonial purposes, but the moat and walls around Angkor Thom (where the Bayon is located) are for defence. Apparently Angkor Wat was taken over by Champa, an empire that used to exist in Vietnam. The Khmers, led by Jayavarman VII, successfully fought back and ejected the Cham. It was this king that erected the great wall that surrounded the lost city of Angkor Thom. Apparently the wall held out for one year when the Siamese invaded in 1452.

    I read a great novel recently that is set in Angkor early in the 13th century. It describes not only the temples as they would have appeared at the time, but also the great city of Angkor Thom, which was constructed primarily of wood – and which is completely lost to the jungle. Awesome plot as well.

    http://www.amazon.com/God-King-Angkor-Tyranny-ebook/dp/B008E1P7KA

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  5. chiz (1,119 comments) says:

    Oh dear. So, dinosaurs were around when Angkor Wat was built were they John? And its never been explained? Clearly you didn’t bother even searching for site like this or many others. Is google too difficult for you to use?

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  6. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,563 comments) says:

    I see they have blocked that stairway up (where you referred to as heaven) Not surprised, it is bloody steep!

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  7. Grasshopper68 (11 comments) says:

    Yes, and glad to see that they’ve now put railings and better steps up to the top. I climbed it without. Going up was okay, coming down was a real mission.

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