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The Temples of ANGKOR WAT

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  1. The Temples ofANGKOR WAT Siem Reap - Cambodia

  2. The Flag • In varying forms , the Kingdom of Cambodia has had as its icon the temples of Angkor Wat. • The significance of this religious land mark is emphasised by its placement on the flag.

  3. Time line • The temples of Angkor Wat were built in the Angkor period. • It was a significant period in Cambodian history as the Khmer empire consolidated itself as one of the great powers of the South –East Asian region. • The period covers more than 600 years , from 802 – 1432. • These temples were built in the city of Angkor Thom

  4. The temples wee originally built as places of Hindu worship . • Many of the Bas-reliefs tell the stories of battles with foreign invaders, worship of Hindu gods and daily life in Cambodia.

  5. The temples take the shape of mountains. • This aqua photograph highlights the significance of water as a life giving force in Hindu worship.

  6. From Hinduism to Buddhism • Angkor Wat was restored as a Buddhist shrine in the 1600s. • It is a significant place of Buddhist worship today, with Buddhist shrines present throughout the complex.

  7. Jungle Temples • After several invasions from foreign countries and a weakening of the Khmer Empire, the temples of Angkor were over-run by the jungle. • Sandstone has eroded and the structures have become weak. • Bat droppings have also significantly damaged the temples. • The Khmer Rouge damaged large parts of the temples – decapitating the Hindu gods etc. • General pilfering has also taken its toll.

  8. Restoration • Many countries are contributing to the expensive task of restoring the temples. • Countries such as France, Japan and the United States have undertaken significant projects to restore the temples. • It is a costly and slow process. • A process which the Cambodian people are most supportive of asthey are very proud of their temples.

  9. Angkor’s 100 or more temples are a part of a complex devoted to religious worship. It is the larges area of land devoted to religious worship in the world. • Each temple and structure reveals a significant religious practice or aspect of the way of life at the time of the Angkor period.