Regarded as the remnants of the world’s largest religious site, Angkor Wat, back in the 13th century, was considered to be the world’s largest city at that time. Ranging over a distance of 400 sq km, Angkor Wat consisted of many temples and palaces, which were constructed by tens of thousands of workers.
For several centuries Angkor was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance.
The architecture and layout of the successive capitals bear witness to a high level of social order and ranking within the Khmer Empire. Angkor is therefore a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archaeological and artistic significance.