A temple that is on the list of every traveller, the World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat is a remarkable sight. It is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and one of the most spectacular temples in Cambodia, and yet somehow, this massive over 400-acre temple complex managed to lay hidden for several hundred years, only to be rediscovered by a French explorer who described it as “grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome”.
It is thought, the construction of Angkor Wat took 35 years, 300,000 laborers and 6,000 elephants, according to discovered inscriptions. It was,of course,built without the aid of mechanical machinery, as there was no such technology available at that time. The complex was built as a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, the sacred five-peaked mountain standing in the centre of the Hindu universe where it is said the three Hindu chief gods - Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer), and Hindu demi-gods (Devas) reside.