Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century.
Why was Angkor Wat dedicated to Vishnu?
Iconic Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu to see over the Khmer Empire that ruled during that time. … Vishnu is known as the protector, and as King Suryavarman’s name translating as “protector of the sun”, dedicating the temple to his namesake seems fitting.
What does Angkor Wat symbolize?
SYMBOLISM. Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument symbolizing the mythical mountain, Meru, situated at the center of the universe.
Is Angkor Wat 7 Wonders of the World?
Located at the heart of the 400 km² Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia.
How was Angkor Wat destroyed?
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.