Earth & Conservation

Cambodia's Abandoned City

Southeast Asia's once ruling empire now lies in beautiful ruins.

Angkor began as an empire to Southeast Asia, with over 100 temples made with more stones than the Egyptian pyramids and larger than modern day Paris. The most notable temple is Angkor Wat used as a shrine, observatory, and funerary temple. It was completed after 30 years, just in time to bury a notable king of the time.

Around 1431, the kingdom of Siam successfully raided the city, eventually bringing Angkor to its demise. The lost city wasn't discovered again until the 1800s when a French naturalist stumbled upon it.

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Video via Matador Network.