Architecture of Cambodia
Little remains from early Cambodian architecture, but the
city of Angkor is still standing and since that time, much has been built in stone
so there is a great architectural history since then, the 800s. However, all Cambodian
architecture, from that time until today is based off of their most famous monument,
the city of Angkor.
Many of Angkor's temples and buildings are modeled after a mountain and since
this time, this tradition of building with the inspiration of a mountain has continued.
More than this, Angkor grew over time technologically, most noticeably in the movement
of earth and in structuring waterways and irrigation systems, which allowed life
in Angkor and later in other less-hospitably areas. Angkor was a full city and developed
over time as both houses and temples were built; leading to numerous transformations
in these buildings.
Angkor Wat (1100s; wat meaning temple) is considered the peak of Khmer
architecture. This Hindu temple is perfectly uniform and is filled with sculptures
on nearly every wall.