How can we preserve Angkor Wat?
Responsible Travel : How you can help preserve the Angkor temples
- Accept the restrictions placed on the temple complex – for example the do not touch, do not climb, or the do not enter signs.
- Avoid touching anyway – every small touch becomes harmful when repeated by 1000 people every day.
Why do we need to protect Angkor Wat?
“The preservation of Angkor is meant to assist in nation-building and national reconciliation and thereby return the nation to its earlier peaceful era.
What are the threats to Angkor Wat?
An international heritage conservancy has warned that the Angkor Wat temple complex faces “critical” threats in the form of heavy traffic and inefficient conservation techniques.
How was Angkor Wat destroyed?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.
What was the Angkor Wat used for?
It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.