What can we learn about Angkor Wat?

What does Angkor Wat symbolize?

All of the original religious motifs derived from Hinduism, and the temple was dedicated to the gods Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. The five central towers of Angkor Wat symbolize the peaks of Mount Meru, which according to Hindu mythology is the dwelling place of the gods.

What does Angkor Wat reflect?

The design reflects Hindu beliefs, as it was built to represent Mount Meru, the mythical home of Hindu gods. However, Angkor Wat defies the norm, and unlike other Angkorian temples, faces west. Whatever the reason, it affords the great sunrises that tourists gather en masse to watch today.

Why should we preserve Angkor Wat?

“The preservation of Angkor is meant to assist in nation-building and national reconciliation and thereby return the nation to its earlier peaceful era.

Why is Angkor Wat surrounded by water?

According to Hindu mythology, which the Khmer people absorbed from Indian traders, the gods live on the five-peaked Mount Meru, surrounded by an ocean. To replicate this geography, the Khmer king Suryavarman II designed a five-towered temple surrounded by an enormous moat.

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