Cycling Tour Around Angkor and West Baray
A brief history of Ankgor Temple and West Baray
Angkor is the biggest temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It’s on a site of 162.6 hectares. Originally it was constructed as Hindu temple to dedicate to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire then it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura, present-day Angkor.
West Baray: The largest artificial reservoir 8 x 2.2km in the Angkor Park, called the West Baray is located near Angkor Thom city. In ancient times, the Baray was supplied by fresh water that came from two main sources: The Siem Reap and Puok Rivers. The reservoir was probably built by the great king, Suryavarman I, during whose reign the whole Angkor Empire was greatly expanded. This construction was finished in the second half of the 11th century by king Udayadityavarman II, who built, in the centre of the West Baray, a small temple called West Mebon on an island where the bronze statue of the ‘Reclining Vishnu’ was found.