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Angkor Wat: 5 facts about Angkor Wat |Cambodia that will blow your mind

Authors, photographers, and painters have described Angkor Wat to the fullest of their imagination as architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat has been said to represent microcosm of the Hindu universe with its five peaks symbolizing Mount Meru – the house of the gods and the divines. To the King himself, Angkor Wat represents power and divinity.

Century of temple construction starting from the early 6th century brick temple of Sambor Prei Kuk in Kompong Thom to the oldest temple mountain Ak Yum in the Angkor area in the late 8th century and to the 9th century Lolei at Rolous plus many more temples and centuries later, the Khmer Emperor Suryavarman II, who reigned during AD 1113-50 in the 12th century had perfected the art of temple construction with his show piece of Angkor Wat – the sheer size and the balance of time and space plus its unrivalled beauty. The architecture of Angkor Wat has been said to reach its peak of classical Khmer construction and one of mankind’s most impressive and enduring architectural achievements.

There is no shortage of famous authors come to love and fall in love with Angkor Wat, In the words of the renowned French scholar Claude Jacques, “It is an architectural masterpiece of the finest proportions and rich in details-the apogee of the classical Khmer construction”.

French naturalist Henri Mouhot in his book, revealed Angkor Wat “a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michael Angelo – might take an honorable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome and present a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.”

while Marilia Albanese, author of Angkor – Splendors of the Khmer Civilization further suggested Angkor Wat, “At the height of its power the Khmer Empire produced the perfect building, making manifest the dream of paradise on earth and giving mankind a masterpiece of supreme beauty”.  

Angkor Wat, yes indeed mankind’s most impressive and enduring architectural achievements, the structure and the design, no doubt … Angkor Wat is one of the wonders of the world.  We are so proud of our ancestors and their unbelievable achievement.  Sometimes, we wonder whether our ancestors-built Angkor Wat for the Khmer people or for the world to enjoy!  Well … of course, it is for the whole world …

When talking about beauty!  This has prompted us to point number one!

1. did you know ancient Khmer|Cambodian invented the number zero?

According to the finding by Amir Aczel, Cambodians were among the first people on earth – before the Europeans and Arabs – to use 0 to signify nothingness. Not even the Romans had invented such an advanced system as the one, illustrated by a stone marked “K-127”, which found at Angkor Wat. 

“The Chaka era reached 605 in the year of the waning moon.” The date uses a numerical zero, and the Chaka era began in AD78, meaning the inscription was made in AD 683 – placing it a full two centuries earlier than the Indian zero. Cœdès’ paper was published in 1931 and put to rest the theories about European and Arab sources. 

Please note, the first known English use of zero was in 1598!  If there is an opportunity, I encourage everyone to read the book “Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers”. Fascinating reading … 

Amazing isn’t it … but it doesn’t stop there!

Amazing isn’t it … but it doesn’t stop there

 


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