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Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

The national symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat, blew my mind away. There lies the diverse symbols of the cosmic, mythical and religious world–assembled together in one place of wonder.

Perhaps, the only reason why tourists flock to Cambodia is to see one of the 7 world wonders, that is Angkor Wat, popularized by Angelina Jolie’s blockbuster film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It’s been said that while shooting the movie here, she was enamoured by the country that she decided to adopt a Cambodian child who she named Maddox.

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The hostel owner where I stayed at in Siem Reap told me that the best thing to capture Angkor Wat in its breathtaking beauty is by sunrise. So, the tuktuk cab driver that I hired for a day ($20, circa 2008) picked me up at 4:30 in the morning. We were the first one to enter the temple gate and he promised me that it was going to be a real good day. I took his words heartily and was very excited to see the famed, postcard-perfect view of the Angkor Wat backdropped by the sunrise.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

In September, during monsoon season, the weather changes in minutes, without predictable signs. I was the very first person to go inside the temple compound and had been waiting there for 35 minutes when the rain came. Unprepared, I found shelter under the huge tree, without an umbrella. Then, a throng of Japanese tourists came, prepared to battle the rain. Obviously, I didn’t receive the memo from the Divine Being that it was gonna pour that morning. By the time the rain stopped, I was 80% soaking wet. And the sun was still too shy to come out of its closet. I was devastated.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

ย Angkor Wat is the center of the universe.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

It is a miniature of the world itself, built in stone and is the representation of the earthly cosmic world.

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At the very center of it is the highest tower that symbolizes the mythical mountain, Meru.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

Surrounding the Meru are the outer walls that signifies the mountains to the edge of the world.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

The moats are the oceans beyond.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

Literally, Angkor Wat means “City of Temples”.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

It was a Hindu temple first, then later became a Buddhist shrine.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

It is the largest religious temple in the world.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

It is the pinnacle of spirituality.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

Here you’ll find the famous Indian epic, Mahabharata, told in thousands of carvings on its walls.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

Angkor Wat is grander than the Taj Mahal in India or the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

It represents Khmer architecture in its glory, culture and civilization

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

The harmony of its facade and its interior will dazzle every architect, engineer and designer. It’s brilliant!

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

Angkor Wat is simply a masterpiece!

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

And because it’s a masterpiece, it should be in your bucket list!

Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe

(I travelled to Cambodia in September 2008)ย 

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7 Responses to “Angkor Wat is the Center of the Universe”

  1. JaneB.
    March 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM #

    I love this UNESCO Heritage site. Lucky you paid only $20 for day in your rented tuktuk? Man, last year, I paid $35!

    • TheSojourner
      March 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

      Hello Jane,
      That’s $20, including tip. It was only $12 but I just decided to give him $20. And that was back in 2008! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Germain
    March 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM #

    I finally have a chance to visit your blog. Remember me? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your photos are awesome! I love your Petra photos.

    • TheSojourner
      March 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

      Hello Germain!
      So nice to hear from you. Thanks for visiting my blog.
      And yeah, you should check out Jordan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. April 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM #

    Agree! What a masterpiece. Absolutely perfect. Noted on my bucket list already ๐Ÿ™‚

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