Year Designated: 1992
Reason for Designation: The ancient capitals of the Khmer Empire house some of the most remarkable architectural and artistic accomplishments of the ancient world.
Deep in the forests of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the elegant spires of an ancient stone city soar skyward above the sprawling complex of Angkor Archaeological Park.
The Khmer Empire’s various capitals thrived here from the 9th to 15th centuries, while their rulers presided over an empire that stretched from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. Including forested areas and newly discovered “suburbs” Angkor covers more than 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometres).
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