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Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Wat ("Capital Temple") is a temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. 

Angkor Wat combines two basic 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 more than 3 miles long and an outer wall 2.2 miles long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the center of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

The following temple ruins are located in Siem Reap Province, most within the boundaries of the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap City. The temple sites with the Angkor Archaeological Park represent the ruins of the ancient Angkorian capital cities of the Khmer Empire (9th-13th century AD) and include the most famous Khmer temples.  

Ak Yum | Angkor Thom | Angkor Wat | Bakong | Baksei Chamkrong | Banteay Kdei | Banteay Prei | Banteay Samre | Banteay Srey | Baphuon | Bat Chum | Bayon | Beng Melea | Chapel of the Hospital | Chau Say Tevoda | East Mebon | Kbal Spean | Kleangs (North and South) | Krol Ko | Krol Romeas | Kutisvara | Lolei | Neak Pean | Phimeanakas | Phnom Bakheng | Phnom Krom | Phnom Kulen | Prasat Bei | Prasat Kravan | Prasat Prei | Prasat Suor Prat | Prasat Top (East) | Prasat Top (West) | Pre Rup | Preah Khan | Preah Ko | Preah Palilay | Preah Pithu Group | Roluos Group | Spean Thma | Srah Srang | Ta Keo | Ta Nei | Ta Prohm | Ta Prohm Kel | Ta Som | Tep Pranam | Terrace of the Elephants | Terrace of the Leper King | Thma Bay Kaek | Thommanon | Wat Athvea | West Mebon