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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia. It is built for King Suryavarman 2 in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. Khmer is the name of the people who lived in Angkor. Angkor Wat means city temple in Khmer language.

Information based on questions

1. What is Bayon?
Bayon is the second biggest temple after Angkor Wat.

2. What is the Bayon for?
It is famous for the depiction of daily lives which the people led on the walls of it's structures.

3. Who was Chaou Ta Kuan?
He was believed to be a spy and he recorded everything that happened in Angkor Wat while he was living there.

4. Who were the Khmer's enemy?
The ancient Vietnamese.

5. What is the main reason for the fall of the Khmer empire?
The loss of water control due to the fact that the people neglected the irrigation and drainage system because they feel insincere working for the king at the time.

6. How did Angkor Wat survive?
The monks kept visiting the temple as pilgrimage site.
7. Who built Angkor Wat?
King Suryavarman 2.

8. What does Angkor Wat mean?
Temple city.

9. What contributed to the rise of Angkor?
Mastery over water control. They have extensive and systematic irrigation system which supplies their needs like farming.

10. How did the Khmer cultivate rice?
They built barays in which they store water for the use of culticating rice.

11. What contributed to the fall of Angkor Wat?
External threats from neighbouring countries like Thailand.

12. How did the main temple survive?
The monks continued living and dedicating their lives to the city temple.

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