constructed during the reign of Suryavarman II (1113-1150)

Angkor Wat ("Temple City") is currently the largest religious monument in the world. Although originally constructed in dedication to the Hindu god Vishnu, it gradually transformed into a Buddhist sanctuary as Buddhism took hold in Cambodia. On its massive infrastructure may be found over 1500 apsaras (celestial dancers) and on its corridor walls are carved intricately detailed bas reliefs measuring 2 metres from top to bottom and extending for approximately 1.2 km. The image of Angkor Wat has graced every Cambodian national flag since independence from French imperialism in the 1950s, including the current flag.

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