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カンボジアの豆知識 (5): 世界最大級の宗教建造物がある!

Fun Facts About Cambodia (5): World’s Largest Religious Monument

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To many, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Cambodia is probably Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat (City Temple) is not just highly famous, but it is also the Largest Religious Monument in the world and has been registered in the Guinness World Records.


With an area size of 162.6 hectares, Angkor Wat is almost 3.5 times as large as the Mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku in Sakai City, Osaka. It is tough enough to walk around the border of the Mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku, much less to speak of Angkor Wat… Thus, it is highly recommendable to wear comfortable shoes when you visit Angkor Wat. At the same time, do be aware that wearing of shorts, tank-tops or other skin-revealing attire is prohibited as it is considered a form of disrespect in the sacred grounds of Angkor Wat.


Angkor Wat (City Temple) was originally built in the 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II, to dedicate to the Hindu god, Vishnu. However, towards the end of the century, with the spread of Buddhism, it was converted into a Buddhist temple.


Once the Covid-19 pandemic is over and when we can travel freely to Cambodia like we used to, do give this world’s largest religious structure a visit and make it part of your beautiful memories in your life!

Photo of Angkor Wat in the morning. Photo credit: Asean Photo Contest 2018, Sakai City. The photo won 2nd prize in the contest.


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