ANGKOR WAT - CAMBODIA
Built between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries by a succession of twelve Khmer kings, Angkor spreads over 120 square miles in Siem Reap ( Cambodia ) and includes scores of major architectural sites. Angkor Wat is the world's largest temple, an extraordinarily complex structure filled with iconographic detail and religious symbolism. Because of the decline of agricultural productivity and the expansion of the Thai Empire, Angkor was abandoned in the fifteenth century and left to the ravages of time. Now Angkor is being reborn and is an increasingly popular tourist destination.