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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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The project aims to link significant tourist spots in the participating countries, including Ankor Wat in Cambodia, Luang Prabang in Laos, Pagan and Mandalay in Myanmar, the Grand Palace in Thailand and Hue in Vietnam.
Asia Park: In southern Japan, built around 20-minute boat ride past miniatures of Great Wall of China, Himalayan Mountains, India's Taj Mahal, Cambodia's Ankor Wat.
To the contrary, last week Khmer Rouge forces scored a major psychological victory by attacking and breaking through government defenses of the provincial capital of Siem Reap, home of the Ankor Wat temple complex, pride of national identity.