Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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Angkor Wat means "Temple that is a city", not surprising, as it is the largest religious structure in the world – eat your heart out, Notre Dame. The temple is surrounded by a 190m wide moat measuring 1.5km by 1.3km. Apart from the defensive properties, the moat serves to keep the foundations damp without which the sand would dry out, causing the temple to collapse. The construction involved 300,000 workers & 6,000 elephants from a city population of over a million (this was when London was a small town of a mere 50,000).
They won't let you climb up to the top of the temple, so it was difficult to get an overall view of the temple – you get a better impression from the model that we saw in Phnom Penh.
After Angkor Wat we took in a few more temples, Preah Khan, East Melbon & Ta Som (another with trees growing up through the walls). There is a tree that has nearly destroyed the gate. It looks like one of the trees from Lord of the Rings, you expect it to start walking any minute.
You can have too much culture !