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Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the most important tourist attractions in Cambodia, a world-famous collection of ruins sitting in the jungle amid yet more remnants from the lost capital of a bygone empire.
In the 12th century, King Suryavarman II built Angkor as a temple to the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple was never finished, as some of the decoration remains incomplete. After Cambodia converted from the Hindu faith to Buddhism, starting in the late 13th century, the temple was in turn converted to Buddhist use. This accounts for the numerous Buddha statues that continue to decorate the temple to this day. Even after the Angkor Kingdom collapsed, the temple was never completely abandoned, although many buildings in the old capital were.
Europeans first became aware of Angkor Wat in the late 16th century, but serious restoration and archaeological work on it only began under the French in the mid-19th century.
December 29th, 2013
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