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Video on Angkor Wat History: Watch It Here

By Smartgirltravel @SmartGirlTravel

Get yourself some popcorn, sit back and relax, and watch this 1 hour BBC documentary description video to find out more about the history, the archeology and the stunning creations of the Angkor Wat temples.

Things to Know About the Video

The video suggests a few controversial theories surrounding the rice field reservoirs (which some people have disputed), and Indian ancestry references have cause unnecessary debate on YouTube between a few Khmer viewers and a few Hindu viewers. 

If you visit the YouTube page, you may find some of the comments offensive.  I personally think that there are many theories and ideas about the real history of such a mysterious city; it’s almost impossible to cement the exact Angkor Wat history.  The BBC documentary is excellent mainly for giving a concise summary of Angkor Wat history while showing you some wonderful moving images of a lost civilization. 

Angkor Wat History in 60 Minutes

Designed in the early 12th Century by King Suryavarman II and his men, Angkor Wat was built in dedication of the Supreme God, Vishnu.  Vishnu is described to be the All-Pervading essence of all beings, across the past, the present, and the future.  After the death of King Suryavarman II, King Jayavarman VII took over where Suryavarman left off and continued the building, bringing in a new capital, Angkor Thom and Bayon.

Find out more about Angkor Wat history with this BBC video:


Please note: this video lasts 52 minutes in total, so make sure you’re comfortable.

Or you can bookmark this page for later viewing.  I hope you enjoy learning about the incredible mystery surrounding Angkor Wat temples – and don’t forget your popcorn!

Want to Visit Angkor Wat?

The video also highlights a few of the problems caused by tourism.  If you decide to visit these beautiful temples, please respect and help to protect the rich Angkor Wat history.  Please make sure you:

  • Refrain from littering
  • Don’t carve, mark or deliberately damage the stonework

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