Rise early to watch sunrise over...
With its five lotus-shaped towers, three-tiered galleries and intricate bas-reliefs that decorate much of the immense temple, Angkor Wat is the glittering jewel in the Angkor Archaeological Park crown. Occupying a rectangular-shaped area of 500 acres and surrounded by a moat, it's the largest of all of Angkor's temples and one of the best preserved - in fact, it's the largest religious monument in the world. Designed as the earthly representation of Mount Meru, the abode of the ancient gods in the Hindu faith, and dedicated to Vishnu, Angkor Wat gradually transformed into a center of Buddhist worship and features exquisite sculptures of heavenly nymphs alongside free-standing statues of Buddha. Watching the sun creep up from behind the temple's iconic silhouette and its image mirrored in the lily-strewn pond below is the best way to start your exploration of this incredible site.
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