|The Angkor Wat (temple) in Cambodia is an architectural masterpiece built by Suryavaraman II (who reigned 1112 to 1152 AD) to honor the god Vishnu. The temples of Angkor formed the center of a vast empire of Khmer rulers. At its height, the Khmer Empire extended from southern Vietnam to Yunnan in China, west to the Bay of Bengal. After the fall of the empire, the temples were covered by dense jungle and only "re-discovered" by the outside world in the 19th century. Today, despite interruptions by the still smoldering civil war, full scale restoration efforts are underway.|
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