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Highlights of Angkor Wat

Buddhist monks in front of the Angkor Wat

Highlights of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat combines two essential plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall, long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

Highlights of Angkor Wat

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