Angkor Wat Temple in Viet Nam has been named the 8th wonder of the world. Spanning over 400 acres, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest religious monument in the world.
Angkor Wat is an architectural marvel, encircled by a 570-foot-wide moat and covered with intricate carvings which give us a glimpse into the lives of the Khmer people.
“Its five towers represent the peaks of Mount Meru, the mythical home of the gods, while the elaborate galleries and courtyards symbolize the cosmos.”
It was built so the sun aligns with the central tower during the spring and fall equinoxes, casting a shadow that creates an illusion of a giant serpent descending the temple’s steps—known as the “Naga Effect”.
Mysteriously abandoned centuries ago, this ancient complex was swallowed up by the jungle, until it was rediscovered the 19th century. Trees and temples have fused together. You might recognize it from its depiction in the film Angelina Jolie; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).