Why was Angkor Wat Built

"'A Question that Raises more Questions"

'Why was Angkor Wat Built' hits our email Address more than any other question we get. We only decided to build this page to answer why they built Angkor Wat in an effort to lessen our email load.

Sorry to be so blunt. I only mention it because the question eventually took hold of us. It forced us to take the question seriously. Maybe too seriously looking back on it.

The problem was that we became curious and then more curious. Each answer just led to a new question.

It really is a deep hole when you decide that you need an easy and precise answer to that question; "Why did They Build Angkor Wat?"

The question got stuck in my head like a song that I couldn't stop singing. On first appearance, Angkor Wat was simply a place of worship built for the estimated population of 800,000.

Until I found out 1 thing. They actually built the Temple from the top down. Some engineer is laughing at me because it is quite possible to do. It just brought an element of mystery into all.

Angkor was actually the Capital City of the mighty Khmer civilization that ruled more lands in Asia than anyone really knows. Their presence has been noted in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Laos and even Malaysia.

Angkor Wat is just the largest temple amongst hundreds of other temples that are scattered around this Ancient City. The entire city measures more than 400 Square Kilometers in size.

Angkor Wat was built as a burial chamber and massive memorial to mark the life of King Suryavarman II. That is the answer to the question of 'Why was Angkor Wat Built'

Or is it?

Some people disagree. They believe that the temple was a star map designed to mirror the placement of the planets in the sky during the time of its construction.

The reason they built Angkor Wat might actually have been for the purpose of Gods from the heavens.

Sounds silly to some it remains possible that they built the Temple purely as a site of worship and was not meant as a tomb or a memorial to King Suryavarman II at all.

So, Why was Angkor Wat Built?

I guess I don't really know.

The scholars say that the site was dedicated to Vishnu, the chief Hindu God who protected and ruled the entire universe. King Suryavarman II thought by becoming allies with Vishnu, the king would be looked upon as a god himself.

Then, I ask. "So, why did they build Angkor Wat?" ... "Is it a Tomb or a site of Worship. And Worship to whom?"

And even the scholars hesitated for a moment. Their reply was in unison and soft like a leaf hitting the cold morning dew on a grassy park, "I guess no one really knows," they said.


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