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Once you’ve seen it for yourself, you’ll understand why Cambodians are so passionately proud of their national monument, Angkor Wat.
One of the first Westerners to set eyes on it, a Portuguese monk who visited the site in 1586, enthused that the temple was of “such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world.
It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of”. Rising from the surrounding paddy and palm forest like a vision from a Lost World, the mighty building is no less impressive today, despite the numbers of visitors it attracts. You’ll need at least a couple of days to it – and the no less enthralling monuments nearby – justice.