What has been discovered at Angkor Wat?
Most readers would be familiar with Angkor Wat, the most famous temple within the Angkor Archaeological Park which was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. In April 2020, a cache of Buddha fragments were discovered buried near the southwest corner of the main temple structure.
Why is Angkor abandoned?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.
When was Angkor Wat uncovered?
Archaeologists at Cambodia’s celebrated Angkor Wat temple complex have unearthed a large statue believed to date back to the late 12th century.
What is Angkor Wat famous for?
Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples—it appears on the nation’s flag—and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu.