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The famous view of Angkor Wat

The famous view of Angkor Wat
The largest component of this complex is known as Angkor Wat. The word "Wat" means monastery, and it was used as just that. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman II, who decorated and built it in his Hindu beliefs. Dedicated to the Hindu Gods Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. It was a holy place for many. But soon in the ruling of King Jayavaraman VII decided that the Gods of Hinduism had failed him. Buddhism was prevalent in the construction of Angkor Thom, a new nearby capital.
The city of Angkor, Angkor Thom, was the capital of a kingdom known as the Khmer Empire, for over five hundred years. In fact, the word "angkor" means capital.
It became one of the most architecturally complex places in the world between the 9th and the 13th centuries,