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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Angkor Wat and Bagan top the list of 12 Beautiful World Heritage Sites

Architecture and Design, a popular website which according to their Facebook Page aims to spread the best of Architecture + Design to architects and all enthusiasts of architecture around the world, released its list of the 12 Beautiful World Heritage Sites.

The largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, got the first spot.

Built during the 12th century by Suryavarman II but was completed by Jayavarman VII, Angkor Wat is at the top of the high classical style of 
Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Another World Heritage Site from ASEAN which came in second is Bagan in Myanmar. It is home to more than 2,000 temples tucked away in a vast dusty plains of central Myanmar (Burma). The temples scattered in the area are the country's heritage rich with historical and religious significance. It is the only structure considered by many as an equal attraction to the famous and captivating Angkor Wat of Cambodia.

Rounding up the top ten are: Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey; Hampi, India; Machu Picchu, Peru; Mon-Saint-Michel, France; Petra, Jordan; Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; Acropolis, Greece; Rapa Nui, Chile; and Tulum, Mexico.

Way to go, ASEAN!


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