Located in Cambodia north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over 3 miles, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.
They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.
According to legend, the construction of the temple at Angkor Wat was made by a divine architect in a single night. The structure was built in the 12th century. At that time it was initially built as a Hindu place of worship dedicated to Vishnu (the Supreme Hindu God). Over time it was gradually transformed into a Buddist worship center. Today it remains a Buddhist worship center.
UNESCO has set up a program to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.