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Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia (23 photos)
by Kevin KL Silver Note Writer [C:  W: 0 N: 88] (361)

Built by a 12th century Khmer King as a royal temple dedicated to a Hindu deity, Angkor Wat is a vast temple complex near Siem Reap, about 200 miles from Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

After falling to invaders, Angkor Wat receded into the jungle but continued as a Buddhist temple and a pilgrimage site over the centuries.

Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world.