Last updated on November 11th, 2017
11 Interesting facts about Angkor Wat
#42. Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument, covering an area of 162.6 hectares.
#43. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.
#44. The temple was initially a Hindu temple. However, gradually it got transformed into a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century.
#45. Angkor Wat means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer.
#46. A Portuguese monk – António da Madalena – one of the first Western visitors to the temple, said that it “is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen.
#47. Almost half of the international tourists coming to Cambodia come to visit the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat ticket sales generated $20 million in revenue during the first three months of 2016.
#48. The temple, unlike various other temples in its vicinity, faces the west – a direction that is associated with death. The norm at the time was to build temples pointing east.
#49. The exact reason for such orientation by the builders of the temple is yet unknown. However, generally, the structure is regarded as a funerary temple.
#50. The region of Angkor has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. There are a total of three such sites, the other two are:
- Temple of Preah Vihear (2008)
- Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura (2017)
#51. The temple is undergoing restoration work. Most of the restoration work is sponsored through foreign aid. And only about 28% of the revenue generated from the sale of tickets to visitors is spent on the temple’s restoration work.
#52. The temple also featured in the movie “Tomb Raider.” The movie’s production house was charged $10,000 per day for seven days of filming there.
Some funny facts about Cambodia
#53. There are 1.3 million mopeds in Cambodia for a population of over 1.5 million people. Thus, you can find mopeds almost everywhere you find people in the country.
#54. KFC, the American fast food giant is losing money in Cambodia, which is the only country where they are not profitable. There are only 6 of these fast food centers in Cambodia. Surprised? Cambodia also does not have McDonalds (nor does Ghana and Yemen).
#55. An estimated four million landmines are still to be cleared from Cambodia.
#56. Cambodians do not celebrate their birthdays. Many older people do not even know how old they are.
#57. Cambodia has a young population. Most of its population is under 20 years of age.
#58. Funerals are quite expensive in Cambodia, and one may cost an average of $9,000. The procedure typically lasts more than 49 days, and the body is preserved for the first seven.
Cambodia – country at a glance
|Independence||09 November 1953 (from France)|
|Capital City||Phnom Penh|
|Largest City||Phnom Penh|
|Total area||181,035 sq km|
|Population||15,957,223 (2016 est.)|
|Official Language||Khmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7% (2008 est.)|
|National Anthem||Nokor Reach|
|Religion||Buddhist (official) 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8% (2008 est.)|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Borders||Thailand, Vietnam, Laos|
|Life expectancy||64.5 Years (2016)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||tropical; rainy, monsoon season (May to November); dry season (December to April); little seasonal temperature variation|
|Terrain||mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north|
|Natural resources||oil and gas, timber, gemstones, iron ore, manganese, phosphates, hydropower potential, arable land|
|Birth rate||23.4 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||7.6 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.94 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Government type||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Prime Minister||Hun Sen|
|President of the Senate||Say Chhum|
|National symbols||Angkor Wat temple, kouprey (wild ox)|
|National colors||red, blue|
|National anthem||"Nokoreach" (Royal Kingdom)|
|Industries||tourism, garments, construction, rice milling, fishing, wood and wood products, rubber, cement, gem mining, textiles|
|Exports||$8.762 billion (2016 est.)|
clothing, timber, rubber, rice, fish, tobacco, footwear
|Imports||$12.32 billion (2016 est.)|
petroleum products, cigarettes, gold, construction materials, machinery, motor vehicles, pharmaceutical products
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$3,700 (2016 est.)|
|Internet country code||.kh|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||August 28, 2017|