"Angkor Wat at Sunrise, Cambodia"
Flying from Vietnam to Cambodia was not without its tensions
arrival at Angkor Wat for an afternoon sunset and an early
it worth every moment. The monument was constructed in the
century. Angkor Wat was built as a temple and monument to
power of the king, Suryavarman II, as the hindu god, Vishnu.
that supported it may have had a population of one million
one of the largest cities in Asia at the time. The wealth
numerous invasions in particular from the Cham of the south,
Vietnam. It was adopted after years of being abandoned as a
shrine and still contains a Buddhist monastery on the
remains one of the largest religious sites in the world and
still is an
important symbol of Khmer culture. In fact the profile of
Angkor Wat is
on the new Cambodian flag.