Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat:

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, site of several capitals of the Khmer Empire, north of Tônlé Sap, NW Cambodia, for about five and a half centuries (9th to 15th), the heart of the empire.
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Angkor Wat


a medieval Hindu temple in Cambodia near Angkor Thom. One of the largest religious buildings in the world. Constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat was dedicated to the god Vishnu and was later used by the Buddhists. A silhouette of the towers of Angkor Wat is depicted on the national emblem of Cambodia. The temple may have been the tomb of Suryavarman II; it ceased functioning in the 15th century. It is part of the architectural complex of Angkor.

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Escape the rat race at Angor Wat, part of a trip to Thailand and Cambodia
Dydych chi'n neb os nad ydych wedi treulio blwyddyn yn crwydro i deml Angor Wat neu Macu Picchu (yn Cambodia mae'r gyntaf a'r ail ym Mheriw, Mrs Jones fach!).
After smuggling his footage out to Hong Kong, Paget proceeded to Vietnam, then to Cambodia, where, despite many warnings and the lack of visas, he and a young femme Brit journalist visited Angor Wat. Arrested but released, Paget hightailed it back to Seattle, where his grandfather, who served in intelligence in China during World War II, gloats over the myriad failures of communism but is basically ridiculed in v.o.