ABOUT

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world, a temple dedicated to the Buddhist god Vishnu that was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, King of Kambuja (as the country was then known, having also been called Cambodia and Kampuchea) from 1113 to 1150. The city of Angkor, once the nation's capital, was abandoned in 1431 when the administrative centre was moved to Phnom Penh. The French embarked upon an intensive programme of restoration in the late 19th century, their control of Cambodia as a protectorate lasting until 1954. Buddhist monks continued to care for the temple from its abandonment until many of them were slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. Angkor Wat is recognised as the highest achievement of the Khmer trail-builders and is also the most famous temple on the trail. Work to restore the temple, which had been impossible to continue from the advent of the Khmer Rouge, was resumed in 1992 under a coalition government.

I adopted this fanlisting from Cecilia. The current layout was made by my TFL Summer Santa for 2011, Cozza. The site was listed under the Places category at TFL from March 2005 to January 2015, but removed on an inactivity third-strike not long after that due to ill health of the owner; however, it's still active, the only fanlisting in existence for its subject, and you're welcome to join if you're a fan of Angkor Wat.