Built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the most iconic portion of the Hindu temple complex located in Angkor, Cambodia. It served as the state temple and capital city and is perhaps the best-preserved of the many temples at Angkor. It is an undisputed source of great national pride for Cambodians, who have depicted it on their national flag since 1863.
As a relic of the ancient Khmer, Angkor Wat is an awe-inspiring structure that epitomizes the grand classical style of Khmer architecture. It has been a significant religious center since its creation for not only the Hindu religion, but Buddhists as well. Archeologists have carried out extensive restoration work in recent decades and there have been continuous conservation efforts. Angkor Wat is the region’s most-visited tourist destination and provides invaluable support to Cambodia’s economy.