Photograph of the Angkor Wat Temple's Western Causeway at sunrise
Western Causeway Information
The world's largest religious structure, Angkor Wat was built AD 1113 - 1150 (37 years of construction by an estimated 50,000 artisans, workers and slaves) by Suryavarman II and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is the largest and one of the most intact structures in Angkor and considered an architectural masterpiece--and one of the finest monuments in the world--for its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, reliefs and sculptures. It is an expression of Khmer art at the height of its development. Uniquely, the entrance is to the west instead of the east, as is all the other temples at Angkor. Overtime this Hindu temple became a Buddhist shrine.