Angkor Wat is a colossal structure in Cambodia that surprises the world. It is a world heritage site that also appears in the Cambodian flag since around 1850. Surprisingly this is one of the beautiful archeological sites in Asia that any traveler would love to visit. But before you go to Angkor Wat, you should know about its history and the importance. That is why we are here with 8 Angkor Wat to demonstrate its significance to you.

1) It is the largest religious structure in the world.

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Angkor Wat in Cambodia covers a land area of more than 162 hectares, is known as the largest religious structure in the world by the land area. It shows the technology of building a solid structure that people had at that time. It has been found that sandstone blocks have been used to make this, adapting to sandstone rather than laterite. However, there is still undefined fact about the gum used to bind the blocks together.

2) Construction wasn't too easy.

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Sandstone blocks were used to build this vast structure. However, the most exciting thing is that the sandstones were transported from a mountain called "Phnom Kulen," which is more than 50 km away from the construction site. It is said that the Siem Reap River was used to bring the sandstones from there. At that time, wooden rafts are a common transportation way used to transport things between places through the Siem Reap River.

3) More than five million sandstone were used to build it.

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A single sandstone in Angkor Wat weighs nearly 1.5 tons. It is mysteriously said that it was a complex consisting of more than five million sandstone. Historians are confused as to the possibility of bringing many giant sandstones to the construction site. Was there any technology in the past to make this kind of colossal manpower like many other mysterious places in the world like the Pyramids of Giza had? 

4) Angkor Wat was a Hindu Temple.

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It is said that the Angkor Wat was primarily built in the 12th century as a Hindu Temple. It acted as the capital of a Suryavarman II empire when he ruled from 1113 to 1150, almost more than 30 years. 

5) It was dedicated to Buddhist people.

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Even though it had been a Hindu temple, it started as a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. However, it wasn't invaded by the Buddhist people. The king at that time realized that the people in the city sacked the city, so he had decided to build a nearby new capital near Angkor Watt and give the Angkor Watt to the Buddhist people.

6) It used South Indian architecture skills. 

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When you are wandering around Angkor Wat, you will realize whether you are from Indonesia or Thailand. That is because of the similarity to them. During that Khmer emperor period, their architects had achieved the skills and improved their construction skills with the sandstone and mixed it with the South Indian Dravidian Architecture to build this fantastic monument. Going there today, you can really see how the technology and raw materials used to create Angkor Wat in such an ancient time have contributed to its survival to this day.

7) Once, it was private property. 

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When Sokimex, a private company, rented Angkor Wat in 1990, they began to develop the tourism industry in the area until the Cambodian government took over in 2019. However, there are still hotels and other tourism facilities provided by the company near Angkor Wat, and the company's additional support will help the government in a good way to sustain the country's economy. And there are additional funds come from foreign countries to maintain this historical place.

8) Angkor Wat has picturesque views.

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One of the most interesting Angkor Wat facts is that this place was used to shoot the world-famous Tomb Raider. This is something you should keep in mind while in Cambodia travel to get the whole experience. This motion film was filmed in 2000; the film also used the Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat and around the area. Paramount company also had to pay around $ 10,000 a day to shoot that film in that place. However, there is no doubt that this place is one reason why the Tomb Raider movie got popularity and a huge fan base.