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Describe a place you would like to visit
 
A place I would like to visit is Cambodia. Located in the heart mainland of Southeast Asia and flanked by Vietnam in the east, Laos in the north, the Gulf of Thailand in south and Thailand in west, it conjures images of a glorious and mysterious past and rich in cultural heritages, particularly the world's renowned ancient temple city called Angkor Wat temple.

Its magical image draws ever-increasingly tourists from all over the world. The perfection, balance and sculpture of the temple makes it an architectural masterpiece.

Angkor Wat is actually a series of galleries, chambers and courtyards on different levels linked by steep stairways. One can just stand on its high terrace and picture its past grandeur, where ancient court life was rich and lustrous.

Angkor, meaning 'capital' sprawls over 200 sq km and is studded with over fifty ancient ruins. In the olden days, it was the administrative centre of the Khmer empire, which existed in the fifteenth century, During that period, the kings built temples and monuments to honour their gods and ancestors.

Besides Angkor Wat, there are larger temples. Most of them are surrounded by moats and have common features such as galleries, halls, terraces, bathing pools and enclosure walls. Carvings have been engraved on walls while statues of Hindu deities and of Buddha stand guard in halls and passageways. Reliefs, which are projections of sculptured forms, carved in stone, are among the Khmers' greatest artistic achievements.

Another place of tourist interest is Bayon which sits at the centre of a walled compound called Angkor Thom. Unlike Angkor Wat, which is classic and grand, the Bayon temple is wild and erratic. Its design is almost bizarre, with 54 towers, each topped with four gigantic faces bearing smiles. They are believed to be the faces of one of the kings of the Khmer empire.

Besides temples, there are other attractions. One of them is the Bokor National Park, another one of the wave well-known tourist destinations in Cambodia. This national park is home to several endangered species of tiger and elephant. Its high altitude allows you to experience the awesome beauty of Vietnamese and Cambodian coastal line.

Its Kompong Luong is also worth visiting and viewing. This floating village is popular for its picturesque setup. With its colourful shops, restaurants, vegetable shops, petrol stations all floating on the Great Lake, Kompong Luong is indeed a great experience in itself.

Cambodia is famed for its Khmer heritage, temples and culture. It is a indeed a strange mixture of old and new as well as of beauty and ruins everywhere.

     
conjures   invokes
     
engraved   imprinted
     
erratic   unpredictable
 
 

 

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