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08 June 2010

The silhouette of the Angkor Wat ruins around 5 o'clock in the morning

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By far the most popular sight in Cambodia, Angkor Wat draws over half a million visitors a year. Built for the Hinduistic Vishnu in the 12th century, the temples of Angkor Wat have been preserved incredibly well and can truly be considered a highlight in world architecture. Notwithstanding its fame, I personally found other sites from the Khmer kingdom around Siem Reap even more impressive. The best is to just take your time and see them all. You will definately want to do so anyway, considering the ticket price of fourty dollars... (2010). Angkor Wat is the largest monument of Angkor and built for king Suryavarman II, who lived from 1112 to 1152 to honour Vishnu, a deity in Hinduism that the king identified with.

There are over threethousand apsaras carved into the walls of Angkor Wat, that are all unique. Besides you can check out more than 30 different hairstyles on the reliefs! Many apsaras were ruined in the eightees by efforts of Indian organisations to clean them up with acid, though they are now being restored by an organisation from Germany. Inscriptions tell us that the building of Angkor Wat involved threehundredthousand workers and sixthousand elephants. And still the project was not fully completed.