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How do I pronounce Angkor Wat?

In order to communicate with locals during your visit, it will help to know how to pronounce Angkor Wat: AHNG-kor WOT.

What is the purpose of Angkor Wat?

It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.

Why was Angkor Wat abandoned?

The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.

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