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Tree roots envelop some of the temples in mysterious Angkor, Cambodia. 22 Mar 2019

Posted on 22 Mar 2019
Ancient Khmer temple ruins amid tree roots at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Photo: Frolova_Elena/Shutterstock
Ancient Khmer temple ruins amid tree roots at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Photo: Frolova_Elena/Shutterstock
Ancient Khmer temple ruins amid tree roots at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Photo: Frolova_Elena/Shutterstock

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Built in the early 12th century, the amazing temple city of Angkor Wat has long been a symbol of Cambodia. Having fallen into decline, during the 1970s civil war and Khmer Rouge control the structures were stripped of firewood and art. Banyan tree roots have grown over their facades and through existing cracks into the structures. 

The site was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1992. Since then, the main temples have seen ongoing restoration, which continues today. Visit the largest religious site as part of Insight Guides' Cambodia's Beaches and Temples trip. 


Updated 22 March, 2019

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